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.