Following the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Training, I give a short introduction to the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule. This is one of four FSMA rules the Animal Feed Industry must comply with. In July I learned that the FDA was creating web based training on this rule and that training has been released this week.
Who should take this training?
Any person who is involved with the transportation of Animal food by Rail or Motor Carrier. This includes, the persons who arrange for the transportation (Shipper), the persons who load the bulk product (Loader), the persons who transport the feed (Carrier). The training is targeted to carriers but has valuable information for all parties. This should be part of your overall Qualified Individual training for persons performing these job duties in your facility.
Does this training satisfy all of the carrier training requirements in the rule? No. This training should be viewed as a prerequisite and general training. Carriers must work with shippers to understand the full requirements for the safety of the food they transport.
Where can I find this training? Here is a link to this training. It should take about 30 – 40 minutes to read through the slides and answer the questions. There is a certificate at the end that can be printed.
Note: This rule applies to HUMAN and ANIMAL food. Parts 1 and 2 apply to both human and animal food. Part 3 discusses cross contamination of allergens which is not required for animal food. Part 4 discusses temperature control, which is uncommon in most of the animal food industry for safety. It is however, good information for review.