FSMA Checklist: 12 Things Shippers Can Do Today to Comply with Sanitary Food Transportation Act

FSMA guide for food transportersThe FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) consists of seven new regulations. The key regulation around food transportation is the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (sometimes referred to as SFTA – the Sanitary Food Transport Act), and is expected to be finalized on March 31, 2016.

FSMA affects almost everyone involved in the United States food supply chain. Any food transportation company with revenues over $500,000 that serves as, shipper, carrier or receiver must comply with the Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) rule.

Looking to get your fleet ready for the upcoming FSMA regulations? We’ve produce a checklist identifying 12 things that shippers can do to begin their journey to become compliant with FSMA regulations:

FSMA compliance checklist for shippers1. Set and document protocols around temperature and cross-contamination control during the loading, transportation and unloading phase.

2. Develop a process for communicating load temperature control requirements.

3. Trace the transportation chain and ensure that all food-contact surfaces are cleanable.

4. Become informed about trailer designs and constructions that can help prevent food from becoming unfit for consumption.

5. Set policies with carriers that all surface coatings on vehicles and equipment be corrosion-resistant and free of chips and flakes.

Download the complete checklist here

For more FSMA resources, including more checklists and the Simplified Guide to FSMA for Food Transporters, visit

Mark Kuiack

Mark Kuiack is Director of Digital Marketing for ORBCOMM. He is responsible for the strategic direction of ORBCOMM's web and social media presence, and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and writing about various technology applications.

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