Online Course Presented by the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness



Trucker checks refrigeration unit

A truck driver checks the refrigeration unit on a trailer before loading food for transport. Photo by B. Harbison, courtesy UTIA. Download image.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) has developed an online course to assist the transportation industry in meeting new regulatory requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the final FSMA rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. Among other key aspects, this rule requires carrier personnel (unless specifically exempted) to complete training related to sanitary transportation practices. All large carriers must come into compliance with this rule no later than April 6, 2017, while smaller carriers have until April 6, 2018, to meet the new requirements. 

A program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, CAFSP addresses current issues related to food defense, food safety, public health, foreign animal diseases, emergency preparedness, and more. 

“We are very glad that we are able to assist the industry in meeting these new requirements through the development and launch of this online course,” said Dr. Sharon Thompson, the director of CAFSP, who holds both a DVM and master's of public health. “Our courses further several national initiatives to protect the safety of our food supply and to promote safe food transportation practices.”  

The new training takes less than an hour and covers critical topics such as hazards unique to specific modes of transportation; the importance of dedicated transportation equipment; the importance of sanitation practices in transportation; safe handling methods in feed transportation; the importance of pest control; the importance of environmental control; and the importance of preventing cross contamination. 

“We believe this course is a perfect fit to address the needs of the trucking industry,” said Joe Rajkovacz, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Western States Trucking Association. “CAFSP already has a track record of developing educational programs for the FDA and this course will allow trucking companies of all sizes to meet the FMSA transportation rule training requirement.” 

     The content for this online course was derived and adapted from a course recently developed by CAFSP for FDA on Food Transportation. The content went through an extensive peer review process before acceptance by FDA in late 2016. CAFSP worked with TransComply, manager of the Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol (UFSTP), along with several trucking representatives, to review the draft course content prior to finalization to ensure it would meet the transportation industry’s needs.  Course participants can also choose to include, for an additional fee, an optional module that includes TransComply training, which addresses best practices for the sanitary handling of food during transit, in compliance with the UFSTP.

The course will be available online beginning March 20, 2017, for a $55 individual registration fee 
(not including the optional TransComply module). When simultaneously registering 10-99 personnel, 100-499, or 500 or more personnel, the individual registration fees are reduced to $50, $45, and $25, respectively. To register, visit www.vet.utk.edu/cafsp. Upon course completion, participants will receive a certificate. CAFSP can provide companies with a record of all personnel who have completed the course to support FSMA record keeping requirements. 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu​.

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About CAFSP 
Established in 2006, the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the safety of agriculture and the food supply through the conduct of investigation and research, and through the provision of high-quality educational and training programs. Under the director of Dr. Sharon Thompson, DVM, MPH, CAFSP has been awarded and has administered over $19.9 million in competitively awarded federal grant funds related to training. Through these programs, CAFSP has reached thousands of participants in over 1,700 communities. 

CAFSP serves as a focal point for several key national and international initiatives to protect agriculture and the food supply from terrorist threats and seeks to promote safer food production and processing practices. In addition, CAFSP addresses current issues related to food defense, food safety, public health, foreign animal diseases, emergency preparedness, and more. For more information, visit www.vet.utk.edu/cafsp.

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Contact:  

Sheri Pugh, Associate Director, CAFSP, 865-974-7884,
spugh5@utk.edu



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