Sanitary Transportation Rules Positive, but Compliance is Costly

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) put in place a number of different rules with various compliance dates since being signed back in 2011.

The FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is aimed at keeping foods safe from contamination while they are transported. It affects not only shippers but also carriers and receivers.

The compliance dates have been set according to a business’s size, with big businesses expected to get on board by April and smaller ones being given until 2018. The requirements revolve around monitoring and tracking temperatures. With improper holding temperatures
being named one of the top risk factors for foodborne illness, the rule could well make a big difference in public health.

In order to comply, third-party logistics producers need to ensure that procedures for checking that the trailers and equipment used in food transport are clean, sanitary, and able to maintain the right temperatures for the cargo.

It is believed that the rule will slash recalls related to food safety by essentially forcing those that have been lax in the past to be more compliant. This should also inspire more confidence from the buying public.

The Downside of Getting on Board

It’s not all good news, however; many have expressed concern that the cost of implementation is quite high. This new rule will be followed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD Mandate pertaining to electronic logging devices, which is set to go into effect at the end of the year, driving costs up even further. In fact, some experts believe that freight rates could rise by as much as 10 percent by the time the new rule goes into effect, and these costs are very likely to be passed on to consumers.

In addition, food packaging companies will have to shell out for new equipment and processes to ensure they are compliant. While technology can help make the process of getting on board much easier, this convenience will come at a price.

This blog post was based off of an article from Store Brands. View the original here.