American Truck Wash would like to thank TMC 2017 for another successful convention.

American Truck Wash wants to thanks all attendees for making TMC 2017 another successful convention and we also looking forward to talking to all who stopped by the booth to learn more about fleet wash systems and the automated interior reefer washout system that is designed to comply with FSMA Regulations.

Shippers Bear Primary Responsibility for Safe Transportation of Food

Sometimes referred to as the “weakest link” in the food safety system, many responsible for the transportation of food feared that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) would be particularly harsh on the transportation industry. For all of the trepidation and foreboding, the initial 2014 proposed regulation was surprisingly benign, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually praising the transportation industry’s current best practices. If the draft regulation was a surprise, the final regulation for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, published April 6, 2016, is worthy of cartwheels as it further dials back even the provisions in the draft regulation.

What may not automatically occur to those in the food industry is that the rules applying to the safe transportation of food apply not only to transportation carriers, but also to shippers, receivers and loaders. In fact, under the final regulation primary responsibility for nearly all safety risks during transportation falls to the shipper. It is the shipper who must determine appropriate transportation operations. The shipper must develop and implement written procedures to ensure that equipment and vehicles are in appropriate sanitary condition. Shippers of bulk food must develop and implement written procedures to ensure that a previous cargo does not cross-contaminate. Shippers of food which require temperature control for safety must also develop and implement written procedures to ensure adequate temperature control during transport. These responsibilities may be contractually assigned to other entities, such as the carrier or loader, if they agree to accept the responsibility. FDA’s logic is that it is the shipper who is in the best position to know the appropriate specifications for the transportation of its food product.

Come see us at the TMC Show in Nashville!

Stop by our booth #826 to learn more on how American Truck Wash Systems is your #1 wash provider in the fleet wash industry. We also provide the most advanced interior reefer cleaning systems on the market to comply with FSMA. We look forward to meeting with you.  



TRAILER WASHOUTFood Safety Modernization Act goes into effect on March 1, 2016 and by March 1, 2017 will start being enforced.  Please contact us with any questions regarding this legislative action.  We can help your company abide by the rules and can keep enforcement out and away from your facility.  Please click this LINK to go to the FDA’s Website for the full packet of information regarding this Act.



New Cleaning Methods for Trailers Used in Food Transport

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New Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules regarding food product traceability are now in effect, and their implementation is significantly impacting the maintenance and maintenance management food transport fleets.

The problem of foodborne illness is considerable. Every year, 1 out of 6 people in the United States — 48 million people — suffer from foodborne illnesses; more than a hundred thousand are hospitalized, and thousands die, according to FDA.

FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is designed to help regulators better protect public health through new enforcement authorities, improved food safety standards, and better response mechanisms. For the first time, FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply. The Administration now holds food companies accountable for preventing contamination or adulteration of food — from where the product is raised or made all the way through to its final destination.

In response to FSMA, industry has had to revisit long-held methods and practices, especially when it comes to cleaning the interiors of trailers used in food transport. Attend this session and learn how your operation should modernize its approach to trailer interior cleaning or run the risk of being found in non-compliance with this new food safety law.


S.7 Trailers, Bodies & Material Handling Study Group Wednesday, February 18

4:15 – 5:45 pm