The economic losses to industry caused by foodborne illnesses in the United States are estimated at $75 billion per year. But why respond to food contamination when you can take measures to prevent it? The answer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
FSMA, which became effective in April 2017, establishes training and compliance requirements for motor carriers, freight brokers, loaders, shippers and receivers. Included as well are operations and recordkeeping requirements.
Carriers with a food safety compliance program are better equipped to comply with FSMA rules and to meet their responsibilities for vehicles and equipment.