The question is can it be monitored? Last month, federal regulators announced rules for food transportation that “require shippers to ensure vehicles are properly cleaned and refrigerated." So who is going to check? And come to think of it, why? According to the FDA major problems created during transportation were “infrequent."
There is no question that everyone wants and deserves a safe food supply that is free from risk. And this latest standard, which is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, an overhaul of food-safety oversight that Congress passed in 2010 and will all become standard by the end of this year, requires that best practices governing the cleaning of road and rail vehicles between shipments, adequate refrigeration and other protective measures during transport be implemented.