How to Build a Simple FSMA Transportation Food Safety Plan

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How to Build a Simple FSMA Transportation Food Safety Plan

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The final full compliance date for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Sanitary Transportation in Human and Animal Foods is April 2018.

The full FDA FSMA compliance date for all impacted shippers, carriers and receivers of human and animal foods is April 6, 2018. All training, food safety transportation plans and system improvements must be completed by that date.
Over 64,000 U.S. companies are impacted by the requirements established by the 2011 passage of this FSMA rule. The last major set of rules requiring full compliance for large and small companies was published in April 2016. These rules established April 2018 as the final date for full legal compliance for all carriers by road or rail. To date, thousands of U.S. carriers have not yet provided training for loaders, unloaders, drivers and all personnel involved in food transportation.


Why You Should Attend:

Hundreds of shippers and carriers are confused by the FDA FSMA food transportation requirements.

Now is your chance to put a team together and learn what you need to do to develop your plan. After this webinar, your team will be able to immediately begin writing both the food safety and food defense plans for your company.

In addition to mandated training, the rules require company plans to develop a substantial improvement to procedures and processes involving sanitation and temperature controls designed to prevent adulteration of human and animal foods during transportation processes. Substantial written agreements between shippers and carriers must also be established and new documentation systems must be in place to provide evidence of rule compliance.

The shortage of support infrastructure involving container and trailer sanitation and the lack of specification by shippers and carriers regarding adequate sanitation procedures is causing many companies to ignore rule compliance.

What carriers will learn:

  • Each company needs to develop a food safety plan that focuses on the transportation of food. Most companies already have a food safety plan and the transportation part needs to be added to the company food safety plan
  • Company management needs to approve the plan and monitor plan implementation
    Procedures for temperature monitoring and the sanitation of trailers must be written, people trained, and implementation monitored. How this is done depends on what foods are transported and customer needs
  • There needs to be a written agreement between the shipper or carrier company and its customers regarding who is responsible for what (sanitation and temp monitoring)
    All transportation operations personnel (loaders, unloaders, drivers, supervisors, etc.) must go through mandatory training (3 courses are specified by the FDA). Training certificates should be kept on file
  • Each company needs to look at two primary planning and implementation issues:
  • In-transit issues: Acceptance at load and unload according to written procedures and hazard control specifications, data related to sanitation and temp monitoring during transit, trailer precool, security, reefer breakdowns, prior loads, driver acceptance and many others
  • Ground operation issues that include the sanitation and temp control of the load and unload environments (tools,

This webinar will help you understand and be able to use:

  • Basic Rule Requirements
  • Hazards
  • Gap Analysis
  • Planning Sheets
  • Process Flowcharts and Company Lay-outs
  • Transportation Food Safety Standards
  • Management
  • Sanitation
  • Temperature Monitoring and Traceability
  • Prevention
  • Training
  • Practical Documentation Solutions
  • Recall Requirements
  • Facility and Transportation Food Defense

Who will benefit from this webinar:

  • Food Transportation Managers
  • Shippers, carriers and receivers of perishable foods
  • CEOs, VP and Director Level Personnel in food companies impacted by FSMA
  • Food Safety and Quality Team Members
  • Quality System Personnel
  • Operations and compliance personnel
  • Documentation, data, management analysis and recall team members

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.


Dr. John Ryan is a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PQCI) specializing in food safety process control and food safety plan validation.  He holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods and has extensive international manufacturing quality and operations experience in large and small manufacturing operations and he is a retired Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division administrator. 

He currently operates two business divisions focused on food safety system validation ( and transportation controls (  He has previously published books entitled “Food Fraud”, “Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation 2nd edition”, “Validating Preventive Food Safety and Quality Controls, and “Teams and Teamwork”.   All are available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.