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FDA announces proposed food transportation rule

FDA’s latest Food Safety Modernization Act rule, on the sanitary transportation of food and animal food by motor or rail vehicle, is now open for public comment.

The rule details requirements such as ensuring proper refrigeration and providing records of what was shipped and how it was stored.

Shippers, carriers, and receivers with more than $500,000 in annual sales who transport food for consumption within the United States would be subject to the rule. The rule does not cover shelf-stable packaged foods, live animals or raw agricultural commodities transported by farms.

“This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or injury,” Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a press release. “We are now one step closer to fully implementing the comprehensive regulatory framework for prevention that will strengthen the FDA’s inspection and compliance tools, modernize oversight of the nation’s food safety system, and prevent foodborne illnesses before they happen.”

FDA also extended the comment deadline for the proposed animal food safety rule from Feb. 26 to March 31.

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