The Food and Drug Administration’s rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food required large carriers to receive training by April 2017. The rule gave small carriers until April 2018 before they need to complete the training.
However, Andrew King of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said that members have called in explaining that their motor carrier or shipper is requiring certification regardless of size.
OOIDA is offering an online course that meets all of the training requirements of the rule. The course includes a 63-minute training module, a test, a certificate of completion, a card to keep in the truck, and templates of written procedures and checklists for dry van trailers, reefers, flatbeds, liquid bulk tankers and hopper bottoms.
The course is $100 and is offered to OOIDA members and non-members. About 100 people have used the course so far, King said.
Last year, the FDA moved forward on the regulation that branched off the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2011. The rule established requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicles, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food.
After the video, students of the course will take a 20-question test before receiving a certificate of completion to show they are compliant. The certificate can be received electronically or through the mail.