The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a final rule addressing Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF). This is the sixth major final rule FDA has issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final rule generally takes a more flexible approach than the proposal, aiming to codify current industry best practices with the hope that many companies will not have to significantly alter their approach in order to come into compliance. Accordingly, the compliance date for larger businesses is April 6, 2017 (1 year from the date of publication). This post provides an overview of the regulation, highlighting changes from the proposed rule, and then summarizes the requirements of the final rule. We also provide an appendix that summarizes the provisions related to temperature control.
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