One of the biggest risks to foods in transit relates to the transport of foods that require temperature controls to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation.

Temperature Controlled Transportation
Temperature Controlled Transportation

In the regulation, FDA has clarified that the shipper is the one with the knowledge and responsibility to establish all preventive controls, including the temperature controls required during transport. The shipper is responsible to communicate those necessary temperature controls in writing to the carrier. The shipper must also verify prior to loading that the vehicle has been precooled in accordance with the shipper’s written controls.

The regulation requires that vehicles and transportation equipment used to transport temperature sensitive foods be designed, maintained and equipped to be able to maintain the food under temperature conditions identified by the shipper as necessary to prevent it from supporting microbial growth.

Proposed regulation required the use of a temperature indicating or recording device during transport – PIMM LOG TAG -temperature monitoring mechanism for foods that require temperature control for safety.

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