In April 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF). The rule, which became effective on June 6, 2016, established requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use documented sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food. The goal of the final STF is to prevent practices during transportation that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly protect food.
To help key industry stakeholders stay in compliance with the rule, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), developed an overview guide, compliance summary and matrix. The following tools have been developed primarily for refrigerated carriers utilizing truck, trailer and multi-temperature means of transporting food.