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Issue Brief: Food Safety Modernization Act
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Background & Update

On April 6, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration issued its Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. This rule requires many entities that ship, load, carry, or receive food to use sanitary practices to ensure that food safety is not compromised during transportation.

Pallets are considered “transportation equipment” under the Final Rule. Therefore, pallet suppliers have an obligation to ensure that pallets are designed and maintained so that they are suitable and adequately cleanable for their intended use, in order to prevent food from becoming adulterated.

NWPCA welcomes the FDA’s Final Rule. Pallet suppliers have always been committed to providing their customers with well‐designed pallets that allow them to move food products easily and safely within and between facilities. The wood packaging industry takes their responsibilities under the new rule seriously and look forward to continuing to provide their customers with the high quality products and service they have come to expect.

FDA, in issuing the Final Rule, recognized the longstanding value that wooden pallets provide in transporting food from place to place. The NWPCA is pleased that FDA, appropriately, continues to permit the use of wooden pallets as a safe and efficient food transportation option.

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