FDA FSMA Transportation Rules Impact on US Food Importers and Foreign Suppliers

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The final FDA FSMA (Food Safety Modernisation Act) rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods were published in April 2016. Perishable food shippers, carriers, and receivers must now be in full compliance. Thedeadlines for large company full compliance to the sanitary transportationrules has passed and April 6, 2018 is the final deadline for all “small”carriers of “food not completely enclosed by a container”.

Food importers and their foreign food suppliers and carriers must comply with all rule requirements. The new rules impact load, unload and carrier operations and cover sanitation as well as temperature control requirements that go far beyond those previously published as “guidance”. Today, compliance is mandatory and enforceable by Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security, State laws, the National Transportation Administration, the FDA and Center for Disease Control, and other federal agencies aligned to support the implementation of the FSMA. 

This one-hour session with expert Dr. John Ryan is intended for all transportation operations personnel involved in the transportation of human and animal foods into the U.S. and from foreign food suppliers.  After covering the basic rules, the impact of cross and contact contamination, allergen controls, hazards, theft, food fraud, mandatory training, security, spills, accidents and preventive concepts are briefly covered.   

Understanding, preparing for and complying with sanitary transportation rules impacts the entire food supply chain.  New procedures, monitoring, container wash, testing, and inspection are required for compliance.

Session Highlights:

  • Recap of the U.S. Food Modernization Act

  • Food Transportation Rules Implications:  Reducing Risk by Controlling Hazards

  • Examples of Problem Areas

  • Sanitation & Temperature Controls

  • Packaging, Spills, Accidents, Fraud, Cargo Theft, and Allergens

  • Prevention of potential hazards during food transportation 

  • Documentation Requirements & Solutions

Why You Should Attend:

  • If your company imports food from foreign suppliers, you must protect your company by assuring that foreign loaders, shippers, and carriers comply with FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods which are covered here. 

  • Once the shipping container hits a U.S. port and is loaded on a truck, all U.S. laws apply to the shipment regardless of the sea and air exemptions. Mandatory training is required to inform your personnel and your foreign suppliers of the ins and outs of the laws that impact both sides of the border. The final rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods establish training requirements for all carrier personnel engaged in food transportation operations, which are covered here.  

  • Learn what is required to manage critical food transportation operations, including responsibilities and best practices of the carrier under the final Sanitary Transportation rules, awareness of potential food safety problems during food transportation and how to address them. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Food Distributors            

  • Food Processors

  • U.S. food importers  

  • Food exporters to the U.S.  

  • Food transportation operations personnel  (drivers, loaders/unloaders, lumpers, carriers, receivers)

  • Food safety professionals  

  • Facility owners, managers, Chief Operating Officers

  • Food Growers and Packers

  • Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) Professionals

  • Transportation/Logistics/Supply Chain Professionals

  • Purchasing and Sales Personnel

  • Internal and External Auditors

  • All restaurant and food retail store owners and managers

John  Ryan

John Ryan

Dr. John Ryan is a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) specializing in food safety process control and food safety plan validation.  He holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods and has extensive international manufacturing quality and operations experience in large and small manufacturing operations and he is a retired Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division administrator.  He currently operates two business divisions focused on food safety system validation (http://www.RyanSystems.com) and transportation controls (http://www.SanitaryColdChain.com). 

He is the author of “Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation:  Controls, Standards and Practices.” He has previously published books covering food fraud, teams and teamwork and has recently completed a new book on validating preventive controls in food operations.

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