April 6th, 2017 brings new regulations on the sanitary transportation of food products. Regulators from the Food and Drug Administration prepare to crack down on shippers and carriers in the supply chain that do not comply. These new regulations are in response to the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act that moves from preventing food contamination rather than just responding to it when it does happen. This deadline affects larger shippers and carriers while smaller operators have until April of 2018. The key requirements state:
· All equipment must maintain safe temperatures while transporting food and must be cleaned between runs
· Proper training of carriers transporting the goods
· Keeping detailed records and, of course, better separation of raw food from other products.
This will better protect food from contamination during the transportation to and from stores.