May 20, 2014
Authored by: Brandon Neuschafer
FDA has extended the public comment period on its proposed “Sanitary Transportation of human and Animal Food” rule, which was originally published on February 15, 2014. The new due date for comments is July 30, 2014, sixty days from the original due date of May 31, 2014.
Information regarding the proposed rule can be found here. This rule is part of a series of new rules proposed by FDA to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. As further explained by FDA:
The goal of the proposed rule on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food is to prevent practices that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly protect food during transportation. The proposed rule addresses the sanitary transportation of both human and animal food traveling via motor or rail vehicle by establishing criteria for the safe transportation of food. Specifically, the proposed rule would establish requirements for: vehicles and transportation equipment, transportation operations, information exchange, training, records, and waivers.