Looking forward to meeting up with many of you at the IMUA annual meeting. Please stop by and visit with Tiana and me and learn what’s new at CAB.
This month we report;
SAFE FOOD TRANSPORT REGULATIONS - The FDA has released the new regulations related to the safe transport of food product. These new regulations will have a serious impact on the transport of certain food products and need to be considered by underwriters of food haulers. I have been addressing this issue with many different groups over the last few weeks and have a recent article in the Spring Edition of Claims Litigation Management that you might want to check out if you are a member. We would like to know if this would be an interesting topic for our next quarterly session. Let us know!
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.
Specifically, the rule establishes requirements for:
Vehicles and transportation equipment: The design and maintenance of vehicles and transportation equipment to ensure that it does not cause the food it transports to become unsafe. For example, they must be suitable and adequately cleanable for their intended use and capable of maintaining temperatures necessary for the safe transport of food.
Transportation operations: The measures taken during transportation to ensure food safety, such as adequate temperature controls, preventing contamination of ready to eat food from touching raw food, protection of food from contamination by non-food items in the same load or previous load and protection of food from cross-contact.
Training: Training of carrier personnel in sanitary transportation practices and documentation of the training. This training is required when the carrier and shipper agree the carrier is responsible for sanitary conditions during transport.
Records: Maintenance of records of written procedures, agreements and training (required of carriers). The required retention time for these records depends upon the type of record and when the covered activity occurred but does not exceed 12 months.
You can review the FDA regulations at a glance here.