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New Sound Transportation (LLC) FDA FSMA Carrier Training

New Sound Transportation (LLC) FDA FSMA Carrier Training

Total Recorded Time 90 Minutes

Welcome! This training will satisfy the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for all transportation personnel involved in operations involving the movement of perishable foods.

The training will take 90 minutes. Once you start, please do not stop the training until it is completed. Keep a record of your password for you can review the training for a period of up to 20 days after which your account will disappear and no longer be accessible. 


The final rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods establish training requirements for all carrier personnel engaged in food transportation operations. Training certificates are required for all carrier personnel engaged in transportation operations upon hiring and as needed thereafter and such training will cover the following areas:

·          Responsibilities of the carrier under the final rules

·          Awareness of potential food safety problems that may occur during food transportation

·          Basic sanitary transportation practices to address those potential problems

This new law may require significant changes to procedures currently employed for food transportation operations, personnel, vehicles, containers, trailers tools and equipment used in food transportation. The final rules have now established the law which has significant differences from earlier published proposed food transportation rules, laws and guidance documents. Self-reporting of compliance failures is required as are critical shipper-carrier agreements for data, records and reporting.

The final law applies to carriers, shippers, receivers, and loaders engaged in transportation operations whether or not the food is being offered for or enters interstate commerce.

It is mandatory that the following people be certified:

·         All carrier transportation operations’ employees of foods not completely enclosed by a container engaged in food transportation operations whether or not the food is being offered for or enters interstate commerce

·         Interstate, intrastate and import carrier personnel


·         Load and Unload Personnel

·         Maintenance Personnel

·         Food Safety Employees

·         Inspectors

What carriers are exempt?

·         Carriers with an average annual income less than $500,000

·         Carriers of food completely enclosed by a container

·         Carriers of live food animals, except molluscan shellfish

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Course Description:

Module 1: Responsibilities of the Carrier Under the Final Rules

This session covers the Final Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods as published by FDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Learning objectives:

·         Understand FDA FSMA Law for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods

·         Understand changes from the proposed FDA FSMA rules

·         Know the different requirements for shippers, carriers and receivers

Module 2: Awareness of Potential Food Safety Problems That May Occur During Transportation

This session covers: bacteria, chemical and physical hazards, preventive control of hazards that can impact food during food load, unload and transportation operations; prevention versus corrective action, misuse of disinfectants and sanitizers, not cleaning bins, trays, pallets and other tools and equipment used in carrier operations, cross contamination, employee personnel hygiene, temperature variation; vehicle, container and trailer traceability and reporting systems, reefer failures, lack of container maintenance, improper or missing container security systems, accidents, and recalls.

Learning objectives:

·         Understand basic bacterial, chemical and physical hazards

·         Know what prevention means

·         Know how tools and equipment, pallets, trays, bins, gaskets, hoses, load and unload systems, vehicles, containers and trailers can contaminate foods

·         Understand the impact of temperature variation on food safety and food quality

·         Know what conditions occur in transportation operations that may cause bacterial growth

·         Be able to prevent cross contamination

·         Know what missing records can mean

·         Know what action to take if a reefer fails or a container is out of acceptable maintenance condition

·         Understand accident protocols

·         Be able to participate in recalls

Module 3: Basic Sanitary Transportation Practices to Address Food Transportation Sanitation Problems

This session includes: contracts of carriage and agreements; system assessment strategy; flowcharting your operations, establishing critical parameters and measurement; standards for management, validation of preventive controls, sanitation, temperature monitoring and container (vehicles, trailers and shipping containers), traceability and training; procedures, record keeping and retention; audit and certification, training, wash, ATP and bacteria testing, inspection and re-inspection requirements, calibration, MSDS, statistical analysis and records retention.

Learning objectives:

·         Develop a contract of carriage and other agreements required between carriers and shippers

·         Understand basic management, preventive control, sanitation, temperature monitoring and traceability and training standards

·         Help to write and implement appropriate container procedures (truck, trailer, sanitation, testing, container traceability and temperature monitoring)

·         Learn to keep appropriate records

·         Understand the transportation food safety audit and certification process

·         Help to establish preventive controls

·         Understand how to collect, analyze and take preventive action using statistical data

Presenter—Dr. John Ryan

Dr. John Ryan holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He is President of the Sanitary Cold Chain which provides food safety assessment, training, audit and certification services to shippers, carriers and receivers impacted by the new law. He is retired from his position as the administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture’s Quality Assurance Division where he headed up Hawaii’s commodity inspection, food safety certification and measurement standards service groups.

His latest book “Guide to Food Safety During Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices” was published in 2014. He has spent over 25 years implementing high technology quality control systems for international corporations in the United States and around the world.