Tuesday, November 18 , 2014
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has submitted comments to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the proposed Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule.
requires FDA to create regulations for shippers, carriers by auto transit or
railway vehicles, and receivers to use sanitary transportation practices to
ensure food—including animal food—being transported does not become
contaminated. The goal of the sanitary transportation rule is to ensure that
transportation practices do not create food safety risks.
openly agrees with FDA in certain areas, such as allowing "the industry to
continue to use bulk transport equipment in accordance with best practices
without limiting industry, by rule, to hauling non-food exclusive of or
preceding any food items," the organization listed several points of
difference in their nine pages of comments for FDA to review.
the rule, FDA proposed exemptions for farms and shelf stable products. AFIA
suggested those exemptions be broadened to include intra-company shipments
(when the company maintains control of the product), short haul transports (as
defined by the US Department of Transportation) and finished product or raw
agricultural commodities transported from facilities to farms in dedicated
vehicles. AFIA also commented that FDA should lower the recommendation on the definition of
"non-covered business" to engage businesses with transportation
operations with less than US$10,000 in total annual sales.
organization also made note of the temperature control measures and hand
washing facility requirements originally proposed are not appropriate across
the animal food industry and would induce unnecessary cost on the industry
without improving the safety of animal food products. AFIA would like these
requirements to be removed for animal food.
comments on the proposed sanitary transportation rule were drafted by AFIA
members who volunteered as part of a work group to review the rule. FDA, under
a court ordered deadline, must issue the final rule on this topic by March 31,
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