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FDA calls for comments on Sanitary Food Act.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a step closer to implementing the Sanitary Food transportation Act of 2005 (SFTA) by issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register for April 30, 2010.

SFTA requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue regulations setting forth sanitary transportation practices to be followed by shippers, carriers by motor vehicle or rail vehicle, receivers, and others engaged in food transport. Provisions in SFTA specify the regulation requirements which include:

* Regulations must require shippers, carriers by motor vehicle or rail vehicle, receivers, and other persons engaged in the transportation of food to use sanitary transportation practices prescribed by FDA to ensure that food is not transported under conditions that may render it adulterated.

* The regulations must prescribe practices relating to sanitation; packaging isolation and other protective measures;

* limitations on the use of vehicles;

* information to be disclosed to a carrier by a person arranging for the transportation of food and to a manufacturer or other person that arranges for the transportation of food by a carrier; and record keeping. The regulations must include:

* a list of nonfood products that FDA determines may render food adulterated if it is subsequently transported in the same bulk vehicle; and a list of nonfood products that FDA determines may render food adulterated if it is simultaneously or subsequently transported in the same motor or rail vehicle.

FDA is requesting data and information from the industry regarding food transportation practices. Specifically, the agency requests industry comments that contains information on the following issues:

The characteristics of firms subject to the 2005 SFTA.

Current sanitation practices.

* Packaging, isolation, and other protective measures.

* Limitations on the use of vehicles.

* Information sharing among parties involved in the transportation of food.

* Records currently kept by firms subject to the 2005 SFTA.

* Simultaneous or subsequent shipment of nonfood products in vehicles used to transport food.

* Acceptable reasons for wavier of requirements.

* Federal preemption of state and local food transportation requirements.

* Risk for foodborne illness associated with transportation of food.

* Benefits and costs of regulations implementing the 2005 SFTA.

Comments are due by August 30, 2010, and may be submitted in written or electronic form.
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Date:Jul 1, 2010
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