April 12, 2016 FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Wednesday, April 6th, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule for the sanitary transportation of human and animal food required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, scheduled to take effect June 6th. The FDA states, “The goal of this rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly protect food.” Below are some important clarifications of the new rule: The rule applies to unpackaged food in open containers and bulk liquid. Products completely enclosed in sealed packaging that do not require refrigeration for safety are excluded. The final rule does not lay out specific requirements for a temperature controlled shipments. Instead, it is up to the shipper and carrier to agree to a temperature monitoring requirements for products needing temperature control for safety. Full list of exemptions: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm383763.htm#exemptions Let Odyssey Help: Quality control and product safety is a top priority for all of Odyssey’s shipments, including food/liquid products. Odyssey and its subsidiaries have been monitoring this proposed rule for years and are already in full compliance. We are equipped with a comprehensive range of advanced intermodal tank containers, offering the option of transporting bulk liquid-foods via super-insulated, refrigerated, or aseptic technology. Please feel free to contact us to learn how we can help your organization comply with these new regulations.