FDA is coming up with new regulations on the shipping of food. They will finalize these regulations in March of 2016.
A couple of proposed examples:
The shipper must specify in writing to the carrier the temperature conditions necessary during the transportation operations, including the pre-cooling phase, to ensure proper temperature control.
Verify that each container has been pre cooled before loading food.
This is more stuff for you to think about.
Because of the lengthy roll out of FSMA, we are not really seeing many folks getting prepared. A lot of folks are telling us they just don’t have the time, and they are really waiting to see what “really happens” in the end. What will be important to do and what won’t.
We understand the feeling. It has been over four years now. But it will happen. Our advise is to do a little bit at a time. In chunks.
Please join us at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore April 28-30. We are in booth 301.
We would really like to meet you and buy you a cup of coffee. Maybe we can help you understand FSMA better.
In the US it is reported that each year there are 9 million episodes of foodborne illnesses from known pathogens, and there are 38 million episodes from unknown pathogens. This equates to 48 million illnesses annually, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
We have just left a meeting and we have been assured that researchers are working very diligently to reduce these numbers.