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The Hill reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a "sixth major rule in a sweeping slate of regulations ... intended to overhaul the country’s food safety laws to protect people and animals from foodborne illnesses."

Under this new rule, the story says, "anyone involved in transporting human and animal food ­— shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers — will be required to follow best practices for sanitary transportation, like proper refrigeration, adequate cleaning of vehicles between loads and proper protections for food during transit ... The rule, required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, applies to food transported within the United States by motor or rail vehicle, whether or not the food is offered for or enters interstate commerce."

Food Safety News writes that "businesses will  be required to comply with the new transportation regulation one year from now. Smaller businesses have two years to comply with the new requirements. The final transportation rule is the sixth of seven major rules that implement the core of FSMA ... The seventh rule, which focuses on mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration, is expected to be finalized later in 2016. These seven rules are designed to work together to systemically strengthen the food safety system and better protect public health."
KC's View:
First of all, let me be transparent ... MNB has a longtime and valued sponsor, ReposiTrak, that specializes in FSMA-related solutions. I say that because I'm about to comment in a way that is connected to what ReposiTrak does, and I want to be upfront about it.

Retailers and suppliers have to take these rule changes very seriously, and have to make sure that not only do they follow the rules, but keep careful and detailed records that prove they are living up to the letter of the law. This is all serious stuff, and consumers have every right to expect that the companies they patronize are doing everything possible to "systemically strengthen the food safety system and better protect public health."