Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF), which became effective on June 6, 2016, established requirements for shippers, loaders, rail or motor carriers, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food. The goal of the STF is to prevent transportation practices 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 GCCA, developed the IRTA Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide. The guide was developed primarily for refrigerated carriers utilizing truck, trailer and multi-temperature means of transporting food. Select a category below to download this free guide:


GCCA Members - Download


GCCA Nonmembers - Download


Additional Resources


Found at the end of the guide is the Sanitary Transportation of Food Compliance Matrix, which helps readers identify specific compliance requirements included in the STF rule, the respective roles of shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers, and the section of the Best Practices Guide that includes guidance on how to comply.


Click here for a recording of GCCA's webinar detailing the STF rule and how to use the guide.


About the Authors


The paper was developed by members of an IRTA Task Force. Special acknowledgement to the authors:

  • Patrick Brecht, Ph.D. – President, PEB Commodities, Inc.
  • Don Durm – Vice President – Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing
  • Bud Rodowick – Strategic Relations – Food Safety & OEMs, Thermo King a


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