U.S. trucking industry preparing to spend on technologies that will help truckers meet new food safety standards; emphasis to be on tracking, tracing as well as devices that can monitor temperature of food being hauled
January 31, 2012
– The U.S. trucking industry is preparing to improve the tracking of transported food to comply with the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Food Safety News reported on Jan. 30.
U.S. Congress passed FSMA in December 2010. The law also mandates that the Department of Health and Human Services create regulations aimed at improving the sanitary transportation of food, particularly the tracking and tracing of processed foods as well as raw agricultural commodities. The idea behind tracking and tracing is to provide ready information and allow for timely recalling of food in the event of a foodbourne illness outbreak.
Truckers will use technology such as Global Positioning Systems to track food pallet locations at any moment in time as well as where the food shipped from and where it's going. Tracing technologies for trucks can also monitor the temperature of food being hauled in the truck, which should reduce spoilage of fresh food during transit.
At present, 5%-7% of fresh produce is lost in transit.
The primary source of this article is Food Safety News, Seattle, Washington, on Jan. 30, 2012.