Iron Apple, UFSTP to partner on FSMA compliance training for carriers, brokers

Firms join to promote services to help carriers navigate the compliance challenges of the FDA food safety transportation rule.

TransComply, manager of the Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol (UFSTP) program, and Iron Apple, a supplier of food safety compliance solutions for food transport, will provide compliance training and solutions to help motor carriers and brokers comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF) rule and promote that compliance to the shipping community. 

FDA's STF rule is one of several major regulations stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Carriers with more than $27.5 million in annual revenue were required to comply as of April 6, and all other carriers with more than $500,000 in revenue must comply by April 6, 2018.

Under the companies' agreement, TransComply and Iron Apple will consult on the development of complementary services to carriers and brokers that transport perishable food regulated by FSMA. In addition, the UFSTP program will inform program applicants and prospects regarding Iron Apple's solutions to help carriers comply with the various requirements of the FDA rule related to training; record keeping; equipment and operational management; trailer cleanliness; and temperature control. Iron Apple also offers a third-party verification and audit solution for carriers.

Iron Apple noted it will inform and promote the benefits of participating in the UFSTP program, a privately managed registry of carriers that have committed contractually to comply with the applicable requirements of the FDA rule. The UFSTP program's primary goal is to ensure that compliant carriers of all sizes are recognized by shippers and brokers for embracing best practices in the safe handling of perishable food.

"We are impressed with Iron Apple's expertise in food safety practices specific to transportation and view the company's training and compliance offerings as sound options for UFSTP applicants if they need help implementing the various requirements of the FDA rule and the UFSTP," says Avery Vise, president of TransComply.

"We are very much looking forward to working with TransComply, the cooperation between the services offered is aimed directly at motor carriers and brokers," says Hugh Latimer, COO of Iron Apple International. "This shared partnership will really help provide an overall solution for both carriers and brokers, especially the companies who previously have not been required to have their own food safety standards in place." 

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