The Food and Drug Administration has issued a small entity compliance guide on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food. An April 6, 2016, final rule sets forth requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport. The rule became effective June 6, 2016, and has compliance dates that started April 6, 2017.

After determining that the final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, the FDA has issued a compliance guide in an effort to reduce the burden on small entities by further explaining and clarifying the actions such entities must take to comply with the rule. The guide represents the FDA’s current thinking on this topic but does not establish any rights for any person nor is it binding on the FDA or the public.


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