Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act to enable the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to better protect and ensure the safety and security of food. Since 2013, the FDA has published seven foundational rules, the last one of which is the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. This rule established requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicles, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to ensure that transportation practices do not create food safety risks.

As part of the regulation, when shippers and motor carriers agree that the carrier is responsible for sanitary conditions during transport, the carrier and their drivers must retain records of written procedures demonstrating the cleaning, sanitizing, and inspecting of equipment in order to assure that (1) the vehicles and equipment involved with the transportation operation are in appropriate sanitary condition; (2) previous cargo does not make the food unsafe; and (3) food that requires refrigeration for safety is transported under adequate temperature control.

In addition to the written procedures, motor carriers and their drivers are required to undergo training concerning temperature management as well as the reporting requirements of the rule. This training must be documented by providing (1) the date of training, (2) the type of training, and (3) the person(s) trained.

The OOIDA Foundation is offering a course which meets all the training requirements of the rule. The course includes an hour long training module, a test, a certificate of completion, a card to keep in the truck cab, as well as templates of written procedures and checklists for dry van trailers, reefers, flatbeds, liquid bulk tankers, and hopper bottoms, all for a $100 fee per person.

Click below to register for the FDA Training Module.