Are you a driver working in food transportation? If so, you know the challenges that come with delivering this kind of freight. As a driver that transports food, you assume a great deal of responsibility for the products you’re carrying; safety is one of the largest issues that you face. Especially because food safety standards are constantly changing. Take the Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), for example. On April 6, 2017, large carriers had to start complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s new food safety rule – while small carriers will see their compliance date in 2018 (source). Are you aware and ready for the mandate?
The Food Safety Modernization Act
The Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
As you may know, the Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food of the Food Safety Modernization Act is soon to be in effect across the board. In brief, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule to establish requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.”
But why? According to the Federal Register, this action is part of their larger effort to focus on the prevention of food safety problems throughout the food chain. It’s also part of implementation for the following:
- The Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 (2005 SFTA)
- The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA)
Are You in Compliance?
This rule establishes new requirements for vehicles and transportation equipment, transportation operations, training, and records. To be in compliance as a large or small carrier, you must achieve the following standards on or before your compliance date:
- Your truck must be suitable and adequately cleanable for its intended use.
- You must prevent contamination of ready-to-eat food from touching raw food.
- Food must be protected from contamination by non-food items in the same load or previous load.
- You must protect the food from cross-contact (i.e., the unintentional incorporation of a food allergen).
For additional resources, please visit the FDA FSMA Food Safety Technical Assistance Network.
How to Keep Your Semi-Truck Disinfected
Give It a Good Wash
First, give your semi-truck a good scrub down from top to bottom. Include all surfaces in your truck trailer and cab. This takes some effort, but a good bath is the first step to properly sanitizing any area. Repeat periodically as needed.
Disinfect Your Truck Trailer in Between Loads
When transporting food, your biggest worries are contamination and cross-contact. Help prevent one load from affecting the next by sanitizing your truck trailer in between loads. Do not let the trailer sit for long periods of time in between hauls. Germs can grow rapidly. Plus, no truck operator enjoys being turned away from a load pickup because their trailer smells bad from the last haul.
If you have a tight turn-around schedule, use the SafeSpace Disinfectant and Deodorizing Fogger. In between loads, simply shake the can well and then place the can in the center of your trailer on a full piece of newspaper. Press and lock the total release valve lever, quickly exit, and close the doors. Do not re-enter the trailer for at least one hour. That’s all there is to it!
Don’t have time to stop and clean your trailer? No worries! SafeSpace provides a patent-pending, no-tip stand for use in semi-trailers and rail cars. This quick, low-cost, and easy-to-use product offers a great way for semi-trucks and rail cars to keep rolling while remaining in compliance with new regulations. Plus, it is completely biodegradable and designed to allow for the disinfecting and deodorizing of a semi-trailer while driving. When a truck is stationary (because it’s being cleaned, aired out, deodorized, etc.), it isn’t making money for the operator. If you combine the SafeSpace Disinfectant and Deodorizing Fogger with a no-tip stand, you won’t have to sacrifice time or money to stay in compliance with the Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.
Don’t Forget the Cab
You eat your meals on the road, visit truck stops, and handle food products. You should be disinfecting your cab regularly to help lessen your odds of cross-contact. Our Auto Odor & Germ Eliminator generates an ultra-fine, contact disinfectant mist that leaves no spots, stains, or residue and is perfect for semi-truck cabs. A three-to-five second release of the disinfectant mist into your semi-truck’s interior will kill germs, sanitize, and deodorize the space, leaving your interior fresh and clean.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Did you know that germs can live on a surface for two hours or more? That means if someone you come into contact with on the road is infected, those germs can reside on anything they’ve touched. Washing your hands often using the proper method will help protect the food items you’re hauling from being exposed. After washing your hands, use a gentle, foaming hand sanitizer, like SafeSpace Alcohol-Free Instant Hand Sanitizer. Products like this one can help extend protection even after the product has dried, decreasing the odds that you will spread contaminants to the food you haul.
If you need some help disinfecting your truck or trailer and complying with this final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act, look at what the SafeSpace Company® has to offer. Our products are the best on the market. But don’t take it from us – read what our customers have to say:
“We are always looking for the latest, the best, the most effective and cost-effective ways to keep our equipment clean, smelling good, and disinfected, and SafeSpace is one of the best products we have found out there on the market.” – Terry Wood, Prime Trucking, Inc. Detail Manager
Purchase our SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit for a complete disinfecting package. For more information about any of our other products, give us a call at 1-800-735-2506. We would love to hear from you!