On May 20, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a 60-day comment period extension on its proposed rule "Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food." The comment period was scheduled to end May 31, 2014. The extension also applies to the associated information collection provisions. The proposed rule appeared in the February 5, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.  The agency is taking this action in response to requests for additional time to submit comments.

The proposed rule would require certain shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food by motor or rail vehicles to take steps to prevent the contamination of human and animal food during transportation. It would establish criteria for sanitary transportation practices, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads, and properly protecting food during transportation.  You can submit comments electronically by clicking here, by fax to 301-827-6870, or by mail to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane, room 1061

Rockville, MD 20852