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FDA Takes Steps to Increase Safety of Foods During Transport

Agency poised to set new safety standards for the transportation of food in commerce; provides new guidance.

Published: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 11:53

(FDA: Silver Spring, MD) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking commercial food transporters to follow new guidance the agency issued to reduce the chances of physical, chemical, biological, and other risks during transportation of foods while the agency reviews current food safety transportation regulations.

In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) published in the April 30 issue of the Federal Register, the FDA has requested input on writing the new rules from all interested parties, including the food and transportation industries and consumer interest organizations. Comments are due by August 30.

The ANPRM is the first step in creating new regulations to govern sanitary practices by shippers, carriers by motor vehicle or rail vehicle, receivers, and others engaged in the transportation of food products for people and animals.

The new industry guidance covers safety measures that should be employed while the regulations are being written and finalized. They include:
• Ensuring that food in transit is maintained at appropriate temperatures
• Food in transit is closely monitored for pests
• Vehicles used to transport foods are sanitary and in proper working condition
• Pallets used for food in transit are of good quality
• Sanitary measures are followed in the loading and unloading of foods

“Our aim is to look at every component of the system to assess hazards, and to take science-based action where appropriate to maximize the safety of our food from farms all the way to consumers’ tables,” says FDA’s associate commissioner for food protection, Jeff Farrar. “Although contamination of food product during commercial transport is relatively infrequent, the potential harm can be widespread and serious.”

After evaluating comments received in response to the ANPRM, the FDA will propose specific regulations. The FDA will coordinate with the U.S. departments of agriculture and transportation in the rulemaking process.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable, and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.