The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011 as a means to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the way food is grown, harvested and processed.

Within FSMA includes regulations specific to the sanitary transportation of farm-to-table food processing. That means motor carriers are specifically held responsible with regards to prevention practices during transportation. These food safety risks include failure to adequately clean vehicles between loads; failure to protect food; and failure to properly refrigerate throughout the trailer. This rule applies to all shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers.

Food safety remains at the heart of FSMA with documentation being required for compliance. Since documentation is critical, the widespread adoption of recently mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will help significantly.

By using data analytics, motor carriers can monitor every aspect of data, including FSMA, to help determine the right lifecycle of each truck, compliance and documentation. Doing so, fleets will ensure a stronger compliance record with FSMA, and will realize better bottom line savings that can be utilized for critical business expansion opportunities or driver recruitment programs.

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