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Compliance program aims to prevent food-product tampering on trains, trucks


Facility Certification Institute (FCI) recently launched Certified Transport Program (CTP), a compliance initiative designed to help shippers and transportation companies prevent tampering of food and other consumer products during transport by truck and/or rail.

The program would help shippers comply with the Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA) of 1990, and requirements of the Food and Drug Administration's ruminant feed rule. Under SFTA, parties arranging the transportation of potentially harmful materials must identify the substance.

CTP also would certify that trucks and railroads are following proper procedures to prevent carryover of FDA-restricted feed materials.

To monitor the program, FCI agents would visit transportation firms and/or shippers to review their procedures for identifying previously hauled
materials, vehicle inspection and cleanout, security, shipping documentation, driver training logs and record keeping.

Founded in March 2001, FCI is an independent, non-profit, third-party certification-service provider.