FDA Initiates Steps to Increase Food Safety During Transport
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) under the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 that establishes guidance on reducing the risk of food contamination during transport. The ANPRM is the first step in creating new federal regulations to govern sanitary practices by shippers, carriers by motor or rail vehicles, receivers, and others engaged in the transportation of food products for human and animal consumption.
FDA has requested input from the food and transportation industries, consumer organizations and other parties on topics, including (i) whether and how information is shared among those involved, (ii) whether trucks used for transporting food should also be used for “nonfood products,” (iii) what reasons might waive “any and all” foreseeable rules intended to prevent contamination, and (iv) data on the risk of foodborne illness associated with the transportation of food.
After evaluating responses to the notice, FDA plans to coordinate with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Transportation in the rulemaking process. Comments will be accepted through August 30, 2010. See Federal Register and FDA Press Release, April 30, 2010.