IFDA Manual on the FDA Sanitary Transportation of Food Rule

January 13, 2017


The sanitary transportation of human and animal food (sanitary transportation rule) is the first-ever rule governing the transportation of food. The rule implements the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 (SFTA) and the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA), and is part of the agency’s larger effort to focus on prevention of food safety problems throughout the food chain.

In general, the sanitary transportation rule provides a flexible, risk-based approach that largely aims to allow the transportation industry to continue to use industry best practices that are likely already in place concerning cleaning, inspection, maintenance, loading and unloading of, and operation of vehicles and transportation equipment to satisfy the requirements in the final rule.

The IFDA Manual on the FDA Sanitary Transportation of Food Rule is designed to assist IFDA members in understanding the basic requirements of the rule, including how foodservice distributors can build off of their existing sanitary transportation practices to satisfy those requirements.  The manual was prepared by IFDA legal counsel Covington & Burling LLP, with input from the IFDA Food Safety Leadership Committee. We extend our thanks to members of the committee for their commitment and leadership.

Specifically, Section II of the manual provides a general overview of the key requirements of the rule, including who is covered by the rule, compliance dates, and penalties for noncompliance. Section III describes the rule’s requirements in detail, explains what foodservice distributors must do to meet those requirements, and provides examples foodservice distributors should consider as they prepare to comply with those requirements. Section IV provides answers to frequently asked questions.

This manual was mailed to IFDA Members in January 2017. Additional hard copies are available upon request. The manual is also available to IFDA Members here in PDF form.

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