By Pam Young
Most food companies have been diligent in developing and im- plementing food safety plans to ensure compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). And yet, when talking
to people working in various management positions in these companies, it is
not uncommon to hear them express concern about whether their plans are
adequate to protect them if a problem should arise.
And while the level of stress and strain that people are feeling over the
uncertainty of compliance may vary, individuals holding executive positions
are eagerly looking for a greater sense of confidence that their companies
are truly compliant with FSMA requirements.
One area that seems to be causing a great amount of uneasiness is
The ink on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Sanitary Transportation rule (STR) has long dried, and while the specific requirements have been defined and discussed in
countless webinars and food safety trainings, it seems as though there continues to be confusion about what
compliance with the rule should actually look like in practice.
Now well into the second year after its publication, it is time to drill down on the issues that have become
barriers to full, satisfactory compliance with the STR.