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.  

 

ARE YOU READY FOR MARCH 1, 2016?

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.

IS YOUR TRAILER UP TO THE USDA AND FDA SANITATION STANDARDS?

YOUR TRAILER-CLEAN IT!!!!!

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.

COME CHECK OUT THE PRESENTATION AT THE TMC SHOW IN NASHVILLE ON FEBRUARY 16-18, 2015

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

4:15 – 5:45 pm

IS ROAD SALT RESIDUE COMPROMISING YOUR FLEET EQUIPMENT?

Fight Back with Wash Dynamics’ CorroDyne System.
The only nitrate mitigation program available that will
effectively manage large scale Fleet Corrosion Protection

 

Proven Multi-Stage System Excels in Fighting Corrosion. Neutralize Nitrates and Protect your Fleet!
Magnesium and Calcium Based Super Salts are wreaking havoc on North Bound Fleets. Protect your Over the Road Equipment with CorroDyne, our automated undercarriage wash and treatment system. CorroDyne mitigates the negative impact of nitrate residue not neutralized or removed in a typical truck wash environment. Beginning with a focused rinse process that removes bulk contaminants, the CorroDyne System automatically applies Wash Dynamics’ specialized CorroWash chemical treatment. CorroWash releases and removes nitrates from the vehicle, protecting running-gear and undercarriage components. Additional chemical applications of FleetShield Corrosion Inhibitor can then be sequenced based upon particular equipment requirements.

CorroDyne Nitrate Knockdown System

The CorroDyne Nitrate Knockdown System automates the neutralizing and protection process, providing a vast throughput advantage when compared to manual application processes. Is your road equipment left exposed due to manual programs that cannot handle a large fleet scenario? CorroDyne Systems can process over 100 units a day- at pennies on the dollar when maintenance and repair costs are considered. If you haven’t considered a proactive corrosion mitigation approach due to a large fleet, CorroDyne provides the platform to accomplish this effectively. Consider the ongoing costs of leaving your fleet untreated and exposed to the constant barrage of road salts and corrosion. Why not control the issue and put a cap on maintenance costs necessitated by run away corrosion

Costs due to Corrosion have exploded due to modern road salt programs, and expecting calcium and magnesium nitrate residues to be washed away with your current wash system is unrealistic. These nitrates are stubborn, chemically attaching to affected equipment and not effectively removed with standard detergents or water. The CorroWash solution is formulated specifically to attack and neutralize the nitrates, which are then easily removed from fleet equipment with an additional rinse application.

CorroDyne is modular in design: it can be integrated into any existing large vehicle wash system, configured as a stand alone system, or included and coordinated as a component of a new Exterior Truck Wash Installation. Corrodyne is what the name implies- a dynamic system composed of automated hardware components coupled with custom chemical formulations. The combination of each is defined expressly for particular installations and customized based upon environmental, fleet and corporate needs. American made with the finest equipment elements, CorroDyne is an effective tool to combat the environmental destruction of fleet components.