FDA Permits Three Exceptions in Sanitary Transportation Rule

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published waivers to the Sanitary Transportation Rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate state and federal controls. Included in the waivers are:

1)     Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade “A” Milk Safety Program, only when transporting Grade “A” milk and milk products.

2)     Wal-Mart fresh food delivery trucks in China, which provide temperature-controlled transportation to help ensure the safety of the food.

3)     Food establishments authorized by the FDA to operate when engaged as receivers, or as shippers and carriers in operations in which food is delivered directly to consumers, or to other locations the establishments or affiliates operate that serve or sell food directly to consumers. (Examples include restaurants, supermarkets and home grocery delivery services.)

4)     Businesses transporting molluscan shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels or scallops) that are certified and inspected under the requirements established by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference’s (ISSC) National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) and that transport the shellfish in vehicles permitted under ISSC authority.

 More information regarding the Sanitary Transportation rule, and any of the FSMA provisions, is available at FDA.gov. Further Information can be found HERE: