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FDA Proposes Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

February 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing that shippers, receivers, and carriers who are transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicles take appropriate measures to prevent contamination during transport. The FDA will receive public comment on the proposal until May 31, 2014 and hold three public hearings this spring.

The proposed rule would:

  • Establish the criteria for sanitary transportation practices, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads, and properly protecting food during transportation.
  • Ensure that the person engaged in transportation of food is following appropriate sanitary transportation practices.

The proposed rule will not cover the transportation of fully packaged shelf-stable foods, live food animals, and raw agricultural commodities when transported by farms. Small businesses would have two years to comply and large businesses one year.

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