Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

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110 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Rules currently being developed as part of the Food Safety Moderniza- tion Act, signed into law in 2011, will likely drive more refrigerated and food carriers to adopt systems to comply with a new Sanitary Trans- portation of Food rule, expected to be published by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016. Speaking at an industry event last spring, Bud Rodowick, manager, f leet performance at Thermo-King, said the act is "the most expansive change to food safety laws since 1938" and gives sweeping new powers to the FDA. While the law places the primary responsibility on food producers and processors instead of carriers, the new rule will require producers and processors to maintain records on transportation, storage and distribution. "You need to be proactive and get out front," on this, Rodowick said. "Find out where your shippers are in What to ask suppliers about trailer tracking Questions carriers should ask possible telematics or trailer tracking vendors: • Does the system support one-way communica- tions for monitoring only, or two-way communica- tions for both monitoring and control? • Will the telematics system support all makes of refrigeration units in a fleet or only a single brand? As for questions related to the upcoming FSMA rules, Fragnito said carriers should ask: • Does the device connect to the reefer unit's con- trol system to monitor box temperature, remote temperature sensors, door openings, etc.? • Does the telematics device support inputs from temperature sensors other than those built into the refrigeration system? • Does the system provide real-time visibility while a trailer is enroute? • How is the device powered? Can it work in a stand-alone fashion? • Can you establish route geofencing so routes can be monitored? • Does the software provide/maintain historical data that is accessible and useable? • Are the systems integrated with the trucking man- agement system you currently deploy? If not, can it be? • What hardware would be required? Does the vendor build their own hardware? • How is the data reported? • What level of support can you expect after de- ploying the system? Thanks to Mark Fragnito, product manager, telematics, for Carrier Transicold; Sid Nair, direc- tor of product management, Teletrac; and Norman Thomas, vice president operations at CarrierWeb, for the above questions. "A lot of carriers are getting more proactive in tracking their loads, while some carriers are wait- ing to pull the trigger." – Chris MacDonald, Orbcomm Trailers developing their plans and work with them." While it's unclear what the final rules will include, Fragnito said the FDA's "intent is to establish greater accountability in maintaining food safety throughout the distribution process." As a result, he expects to see more data recording and tracking throughout the cold chain. "There are a lot of things about this act that nobody knows what is going to be expected," MacDonald said. "A lot of carriers are getting more proac- tive in tracking their loads, while some carriers are waiting to pull the trigger." A final rule could require the monitoring of cargo air temperature or product temperature or both, as well as documentation of these tem- peratures throughout the haul. Norman Thomas, vice president operations at CarrierWeb, says the rule changes may require carriers "to not only ensure the continuity of temperatures in the trailer dur- ing transit, but that the carrier be required to validate that their drivers are certified to actually load/unload and monitor the foods being carried." The certification required will vary by product type. Thomas says that the rules will likely require carriers to install two-way data communication and

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