FDA Sanitary Transportation Rule Causing Confusion
Fact: Trucking companies with revenue in excess of $500,000 have until April 6th to comply with the training provision set forth by the FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule.
Companies with less than $500,000 have been given an additional year to comply with the rule.
The FDA defines this rule in simple terms:
“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final, advancing FDA’s efforts to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation.”
There is no denying the fact that training drivers on sanitary practices and how to deal with food safety is a big deal. However, a problem has moved to the forefront.
As reported by Trucks.com, the FDA has not yet published its digital training course. Obviously, this is a big concern when you take into consideration the April 6 deadline for compliance.
Note: carriers are required to keep records that note the successful completion of the course by its drivers.
How to Combat this Problem
Although the agency has yet to published its one-hour online course, trucking companies can get around this by training drivers through other means.
For example, the regulation states that carriers are permitted to develop their own training course. Also, they can delay until the FDA publishes its web-based course.
Another solution is for drivers to take a course developed by a third party, such as the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness at the University of Tennessee. With this, drivers can pay a $55 fee to complete the training module.
It’s good that the FDA is taking steps to improve food safety during transportation. However, it’s only natural for carriers to be frustrated with the agency’s lack of organization.
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