On Feb. 5, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new requirements for the sanitary transportation of human and animal food. The Rule pertains to certain shippers, receivers and carriers who transport food by motor or rail vehicles. The idea behind this rule is to prevent contamination with a tightened control over how the goods are transported.
The affected parties are:
- Shippers, carriers and receivers transporting food to be consumed or distributed in the U.S.
- International shippers transporting food to be consumed and distributed in the U.S. in an international freight container by air or ocean. Later the intact container has to be transferred onto a motor vehicle or rail vehicle operating in the States.
The rule does not concern:
- Shippers, carriers and receivers who have less than $500,000 in total annual sales.
- Companies transporting fully packaged shelf-stable foods.
- Shippers, receivers or carriers who transship through the U.S. to another country.
“This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or injury,” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “We are now one step closer to fully implementing the comprehensive regulatory framework for prevention that will strengthen the FDA’s inspection and compliance tools, modernize oversight of the nation’s food safety system, and prevent foodborne illnesses before they happen.”
The administration will discuss the proposed rule at three upcoming public meetings: Feb. 27, in Chicago; March 13, in Anaheim, Calif. and March 20, 2014 in College Park, Md. Comment period is open from Feb. 5 to March 31.