Program aids in compliance with STF rule

A new training program developed by the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), will help drivers of temperature-controlled trucks meet compliance requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF).

Completed in April 2016, the STF rule applies to shippers, receivers, loaders and carriers that transport food in the United States by motor or rail vehicle. Training of carrier personnel in sanitary transportation practices and documentation is a key requirement of the rule, which aims to help create a more robust framework for food safety.

The newly developed IRTA Driver Training program comes to fruition following the release of the IRTA Refrigerated Best Practices Guide, which provides a detailed overview of best practices for food safety in the temperature-controlled transportation sector.

Available as a complimentary GCCA-IRTA member benefit, IRTA Driver Training includes an online video and training log for carriers to meet regulatory requirements for driver training. The 25-minute online video addresses six areas: the STF rule, sanitary best practices, risk management, training best practices, temperature control and recordkeeping.

According to the rule, “small businesses—businesses other than motor carriers who are not also shippers and/or receivers employing fewer than 500 persons and motor carriers having less than $27.5 million in annual receipts would have to comply two years after the publication of the final rule,” or April 2018. Other businesses must comply within one year after the publication of the final rule, or April 2017.

See www.gcca.org/irta-driver-training-program-stf-compliance/ for more information about IRTA Driver Training.

GCCA has developed additional resources to support STF regulatory compliance. Contact Stephen Neel, GCCA senior technical director, for more information at [email protected]

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