The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a free online food safety training module for carriers engaged in the transportation of food by rail or motor vehicle in the United States. This training will help carriers meet the requirements of FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule.
Rail and motor vehicle carriers covered by the rule are required to provide food safety training to their personnel engaged in transportation operations. This requirement applies when the carrier and shipper have agreed in a written contract that the carrier is responsible, in whole or in part, for the sanitary conditions during transportation. Such carriers are required to establish and maintain records documenting the training of operations personnel. Carriers may:
• offer this training module to their operations personnel as a means of satisfying the minimum requirements;
• use this module to complement or enhance training they currently offer;
train their personnel using their own training programs; or
• provide training obtained from a third-party vendor or other provider.
FDA’s course is designed to provide basic food safety training to transportation operations personnel. It does not describe specific operating procedures and practices but is intended to complement industry best practices.
After completing this module, carrier personnel will be better able to:
recognize their responsibilities as specified in the sanitary transportation rule;
identify potential food safety problems that may occur during food transportation; and
describe common ways to prevent food safety problems.
Information on the training is at www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm576097.htm.
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