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Modern Refrigerated Trailers More Important Under FSMA

New food safety requirements make quality refrigerated trailers with properly functioning refrigeration systems more important than ever. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by Congress and subsequently signed into law on January 4, 2011.

FDA Food Safety Rule

In response to the requirements of the Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a new food safety rule which makes shippers and carriers responsible for the maintenance of proper temperatures in refrigerated trailers. The new rule is a real game-changer in food transport. 

Under FMSA requirements, carriers must document that a refrigerated trailer was pre-cooled to the proper temperature before it was loaded, and that the proper temperature was maintained for the entire trip, through delivery. Furthermore, the intended recipient of the shipment has the right to request documentation proving point-to-point success in maintaining the correct temperature.

The FDA required large-fleet compliance with its new rule effective April 2017. Small fleets must be in compliance by April 2018.

Today, certain vendors offer temperature tracking solutions and related telematics which ensure “cold chain custody” compliance. Sensors, an antenna and a transceiver gather and transmit critical data which allows for real-time monitoring of temperatures in refrigerated trailers. These plug-and-play systems can often be operational in less than a half-hour.

At National Truck and Equipment Sales, we stand ready to address your needs for refrigerated trailers. We also sell other trailers, heavy-duty trucks, vans, semis, truck bodies and related equipment. Look for us at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Brice Road in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.