The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

We are Cold Chain experts, which means we are also experts in food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FSMA Background

The FSMA was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, and is the biggest overhaul of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in history. FSMA seeks to ensure the safety and security of the food and feed supply in order to protect human and animal health. The law is a significant impact to the food supply chain.

FSMA in a Nutshell

  • FSMA is a very complicated and complex act, but the basics are easy.
  • Assess and mitigate food safety risk from farm to fork – treat it like chain of custody.
  • A written food safety plan is required.
  • FSMA and food safety training is required.

The 7 Foundations of FSMA

According to the the FDA’s website,

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”

The FSMA consists of 7 Foundations

Foundation #1 – Preventative Controls for Human Food
Foundation #2 – Preventative Control for Animal Food
Foundation #3 – Standards for Produce Safety
Foundation #4 – Foreign Supplier Verification Program
Foundation #5 – Third-party Auditor Accreditation
Foundation #6 – Focused Mitigation Strategies
Foundation #7 – Sanitary Transportation

Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Mitigation

FSMA mandates a written food safety plan, along with actions taken, problems, solutions, training, prior loads, temperature controls, etc.

Using a HACCP/HARPC flow diagram, you are required to:

1. List each process.
2. For each process, identify every potential hazards / risks.
3. For every risk, implement a preventative control to mitigate or eliminate the risk.
4. Monitor preventative controls to ensure they are maintained and abided.

  • RQL is 100% FSMA Compliant – As an industry leader in cold chain and food safety, RQL meets or exceeds all Federal FSMA Guidelines.
  • The RQL Team is FSMA Trained – our entire team is trained in FSMA
  • The RQL Carrier Network is 100% FSMA Compliant – our carrier package specifies that every one of our carriers is compliant to all applicable FSMA requirements.

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Why Choose Us

      • Cold chain experts who specialize in transporting poultry, meat, produce and dairy products
      • Food safety fanatics who are compliant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
      • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) trained people on staff – we prevent problems before they happen
      • Dedicated account management – cold chain shipments require a higher level of coordination and communication and that is exactly what we provide
      • Technology – we have invested in state of the art transportation management systems, load tracking sensors and load board to ensure that we bring every advantage to our customers

Client Testimonials

RQL has worked with our company for several years. We continue to utilize their services because their staff is friendly and accommodating. They ensure on time service when picking up and delivering our loads. RQL is extremely dependable, offer regular updates, and they are committed to customer service.
Adam Voigt, Sanderson Farms
RQL offers proficient assistance when handling my loads. I can always count on their carriers to have reliable and prompt delivery times. When calling for an update, they give accurate dispatch information and are prone to helping fulfil my needs. RQL is a pleasure to work with.
Martha Rodriguez, Cervantes Distribution Inc.
I have been working with RQL for approximately 4 years. There are several reasons that I continue working with this company, specifically Jake. Jake’s prices are extremely competitive and he is willing to keep prices current through the season’s changes. RQL stays in constant communication, gives daily updates, and offers additional information when asked. Jake, along with his coworkers, work to understand my needs and fill them in a very professional and timely fashion.
Jim McClaskey, Randal Foods, Inc.