On November 21, 2017, FDA announced the availability of a guidance for industry titled "Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation—Small Entity Compliance Guide." The guide is intended to help small entities comply with the final rule titled Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule ("Sanitary Transportation Rule"). This rule requires rail and motor vehicle carriers covered by the rule to provide food safety training to their personnel engaged in transportation operations when the carrier is responsible, in whole or in part, for the sanitary conditions during transportation. The 23-page guide describes in a Q&A format who must comply with the rule, when compliance is required, and what requirements apply to vehicles and transportation. It also answers other questions related to transportation operations, training, records, and waivers to comply with the Sanitary Transportation Rule. Small businesses have until April 6, 2018, to comply with the rule.
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