Motor carriers hauling food products need to maintain training records for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as required by the ‘Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule.’
If you are involved with food or temperature-controlled food cargo in the supply chain, the rule likely applies. See the chart below for any exceptions to the rule.
Smaller fleets are exempt from this rule if they have less than $500,000 in gross annual revenue.
The requirements of the new rule include:
- Trailers are properly pre-cooled
- Proof of shipment temperatures can be provided
- Standardized operating procedures are in effect for the cleaning, sanitizing and inspection of the trailer.
The FDA has a new online training course for motor carriers and their drivers. Click here: Sanitary Transportation Rule training.
I took the course. There are several modules and a few questions after each part. Depending on how fast you read, it will take 20 to 40 minutes. At the end there is a form to print a out a certificate. Keep a copy for your records, and perhaps write the date on the back.
If your company is in the food supply chain, I would recommend having all of your drivers take this online FDA course.
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