Answers to your most common FSMA questions

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 5, 2016 4:24:41 PM

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a hot topic of conversation for everyone in our industry. The act’s goal, of course, is to ensure safety and security for all food and feed in the supply chain, which is something we can all get behind. But for vendors, shippers and receivers, plenty of questions exist.

At Choptank Transport, we field these questions every single day, so we want to use the blog today to answer three of the most common questions we receive. If you find the answer to your question here, we’re happy to have helped. And if you still have other questions related to the FSMA, please contact us at any time.

The three most common questions we receive are:

1. Is there an easy way to ensure trailers are cleaned between loads so that a food-grade trailer is actually a food-grade trailer?

This solution is easy enough, provided we all have some accountability. We recommend diligent use of inspection reports and that everyone works to make sure these reports are filled out by the applicable parties at the appropriate stops. This way, we are all approving clean trailers between loads.

2. What can be done to protect the temperature of a load throughout shipment?

This is an essential issue in the refrigerated transportation space, particularly for manufacturers, and we’ve found a comprehensive solution in Locus Traxx. For just $35, our shippers can have their shipments monitored constantly for proper temperature and inventory quality. It’s a small price to pay to remain in compliance, and you'll enjoy peace of mind when you know you're delivering the best product possible.

3. Does Choptank Transport have a comprehensive FSMA plan?

We don’t have one comprehensive FSMA plan; instead, we have hundreds of them. At Choptank Transport, we recognize that every shipper is different, so we work to devise a plan that is perfectly tailored for your shipment and your route. Each of our plans outlines the shipment’s required temperature ranges and includes pre-probing the product. We can also compile a full load diagram sheet for the shipment. We do all of this because our goal is to provide the best, most compliant plan for your shipment, every single time.

The FSMA presents new challenges for our industry, challenges we can overcome only when shippers, brokers and carriers all work together to ensure total compliance. At Choptank Transport, we’re prepared for this new opportunity and we’re excited to work with all of you in this ever-changing marketplace.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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