Are you ready for FDA's food safety regs?
The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol is your solution
Effective April 6, 2017, many shippers, receivers and motor carriers must comply with new Food and Drug Administration rules designed to ensure the sanitary transportation of food. For those involved in transportation of covered human and animal foods – primarily those requiring temperature control or foods not completely enclosed by a container – the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) require various actions in equipment management, operations, record keeping and training to reduce the risk that the food will become dangerous to consume.
Although most motor carriers technically will have another year to comply (and the smallest carriers technically are exempt altogether), many shippers and receivers – as well as their broker agents – are already beginning to insist that all their carrier partners certify that they will comply with the FSMA rules as of April 6, 2017.
So if you transport food subject to the rule, there's a very good chance that you will need to comply with the FSMA requirements by April 2017 – even if FDA itself doesn't say so.
How we can help
TransComply has developed the Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol (UFSTP) to offer carriers of all sizes a clear, straightforward way to show shippers, brokers and warehousing firms that you comply with the regulations. By subscribing to the UFSTP, you verify that you meet the benchmark delegable compliance standard expected by shippers and brokers.
TransComply will maintain a list of UFSTP-subscribing carriers, notifying interested parties that those carriers guarantee that they:
Are properly licensed, authorized and insured by the FMCSA to transport shipments;
Operate sanitary equipment suitable for the transportation of perishable commodities and foodstuffs; and
Are knowledgeable and compliant with applicable federal and state health and safety laws and regulations governing the transportation of such commodities.
Participating in the UFSTP will help carriers survive the shipper and broker vetting process and simplify compliance by setting uniform standards.
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