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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated to release its final rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food by March 31, 2016. The rule will prescribe sanitary transportation practices to ensure that food transported by motor vehicles or rail remains safe. It is expected to take effect in 2017.

The proposed rule dictates a number of specific requirements, ranging from materials used to hand washing. While the rules are not expected to specify use of particular technologies, they are likely to require more data recording and tracking throughout the food and beverage supply chain.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will affect the entire supply chain, bringing sweeping changes to everyone from growers to warehouse operators and motor carriers. The FDA is required to begin issuing its final rules related to the act in August, with each requirement taking effect one year from its publication.

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On February 5, 2015, the FDA published a proposed sanitary transportation rule, which it is mandated to do under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rule seeks to apply a risk-based approach to prevent practices that create food safety issues, such as inadequate temperature control and failure to protect food properly during transportation.

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