On April 1st, 2016 Food Safety Regulation changes were rolled out in the United States with enforcement set to begin on March 31, 2017.  As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. While shippers are the ones being held responsible, trucking companies are under intense scrutiny to be compliant with the regulations. Even if a problem occurs in a truck, the shipper will be held responsible, so shippers are holding their trucking companies to the highest standards. It is recommended that Canadian haulers of both food and animal consumables communicate with their shippers to find out how they will be affected by this legislation. Trucks that do not cross the boarder are still encouraged to do this as the regulations are expected to be closely adapted in the Canadian market in the near future (dates unknown, unconfirmed by federal government). The massive legislation in the US is no joke, making a felony out of failure to comply. There are 450 sections to the act, four of which apply to transportation. The legislation outlines that companies will have to produce a written food safety plan, provided to the FDA upon request. Should any member companies have questions about this regulation please contact Membership Services.

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