The rule would require shippers and carriers to
properly refrigerate food, clean vehicles between loads and protect
food during transportation.
The rule is the seventh and final plank of the 2011 Food Safety
Modernization Act, a sweeping initiative designed to reduce
food-borne illnesses by giving the FDA greater powers to intervene
before an outbreak occurs.
It would establish standards for vehicles and transportation
equipment, transportation operations, information exchange, training
"This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions
during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or
injury," said Michael Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for
foods and veterinary medicine.
Excluded from coverage will be shippers, receivers or carriers whose
operations generate less than $500,000 in annual sales. The rule
also excludes food that is fully packaged and stable, and live food
animals and raw agricultural commodities transported by farms.
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The FDA proposes staggering the implementation of the rule based
on the size of a business, ranging from one to two years after
publication of the final rule. The proposed rule is open for public
comment through May 31.
(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington;
editing by Stephen Powell)
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