New website gives food haulers updates, analysis

CarrierWeb announced the launch of a website devoted to the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The website will deliver updates and expert analysis for shippers and motor carriers on current and upcoming FSMA regulations. Additionally, the website offers information about modern technologies and operational best practices to stay compliant.

“This sweeping legislation impacts all food grade transportation,” said R. Fenton-May, chairman of CarrierWeb. “Very soon, shippers and receivers will only be using food haulers that are able to fully comply with the new FMSA regulations. This website will serve as a valuable resource for staying ahead of the curve.”

FSMA, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction over the food transportation industry.

On Feb. 5, 2014, the FDA proposed a new rule that would impose more stringent obligations on shippers, motor carriers and receivers. Perhaps of most interest to carriers is that failure to maintain shipper-defined standards for temperature and other conditions will make the carrier liable for damages, even if the cargo itself is not damaged.

The burden of proof for cargo claims would shift to motor carriers, making it necessary to have highly accurate, real-time information about the condition of loads and equipment at all stages of transit, including trailer pre-cool verification.

The comment period for the above rule proposal, named the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, closed on July 30, 2014. A final rule is set to be published March 31, 2016.

Updates to this and other rules that impact shippers and motor carriers will be provided on www.FSMAfacts.com along with information about technologies that ensure compliance and deliver additional cost savings and operational benefits.

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