Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested data and information on the food transportation industry and its practices as part of the implementation of the 2005 Sanitary Food Transportation Act.
In response, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has published comments highlighting the success of current practices and expressing concerns over the industry's ability to provide complete documentation for previous loads. "AFIA expressed concern on the ability of feed and ingredient manufacturers to get information on previously hauled loads, especially by independent truckers and rail carriers," said Keith Epperson, AFIA's vice president of manufacturing and training. "Many companies own and maintain their own vehicles for transportation of products. This gives the company complete control over the vehicle with regard to feed safety."
AFIA and a coalition of several industry associations said they believe the public health and consumer protection objectives of the Act will be best served by improving compliance with existing requirements. They listed enhanced enforcement, industry guidance and outreach programs as key tools for success.