FSMA Compliance Checklist For Carrier Temperature Control
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. It aims to assure the safety of food throughout the supply chain through the introduction of new requirements to food manufacturers, processors, transporters and distributors.
The legislation consists of seven new regulations. The key regulation around food transportation is the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Act, which defines requirements around cleanliness, training, data retention and of course, temperature certification, control and tracking:
1. Temperature Control/Tracking- For refrigerated products, every storage compartment must be pre-cooled and have a temperature monitoring device. Shippers must also define temperature conditions to be met throughout transportation.
2. Temperature Certification/Data Exchange- A log of temperature conditions for the duration of the transportation must be provided to the receiver/shipper by the carrier upon request.
Surprisingly, although the industry is actually seeing very low rates of law enforcement, shippers have taken the lead and have become the main driving force in effecting compliance. Reason being that shippers are the ones held responsible under the new [food safety] rules.
So… How Can Carriers Become Compliant?
Temperature logging has been around for a long time, but FSMA rules made it mandatory for carriers to have to log temperature during shipment. There are many different ways of logging temperatures and many different solutions available in the market. As each carrier runs differently, not one solution fits all.
To help you with this process, we’ve compiled a checklist of the MUST-HAVE features for compliance.
Download this complete 3-part checklist to be sure you’ve asked the right questions and are making the right decision to make your buying process more efficient.!
Companies that ship fresh produce, frozen goods, or high-value assets such as pharmaceuticals via refrigerated transport can benefit from Wireless Links cold chain solutions while complying with the FSMA food safety rule.
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