BioSafe System’s AzaGuard Now Approved for Poultry and Livestock Applications

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – AzaGuard is a botanical based insecticide/nematicide that offers broad spectrum insecticidal control on over 300 insect species.  The new comprehensive label includes applications to control darkling, hide and carrion beetles specific to poultry houses and for use in organic poultry production.

Composed of a 3% Azadirachtin formula, this Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) is EPA and OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved and controls insects in the larval, pupal, and nymphal stages.

BioSafe Systems is committed to providing poultry farms with effective and sustainable products that meet strict industry standards. To learn more about how AzaGuard is an effective insecticide, please contact Michael Applewhite by email at  or call him at 256-677-2802.

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International Poultry Council Adopts Position Statement on Antimicrobial Usage

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on June 19, 2017.

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — In a landmark decision, the International Poultry Council has adopted a position statement on the responsible and efficacious use of antimicrobials in global poultry production.

The statement sets a science-based course for the global poultry industry to follow that safeguards the efficacy of antimicrobial usage while at the same time addressing the issues of resistance, bird welfare, food safety, and concerns of consumers, the council noted.

“The IPC acknowledges antimicrobial resistance is a global concern and that the poultry industry must adopt management practices that reduce the use of those antimicrobials for which resistance could pose the greatest global risk,” said IPC President Jim Sumner. “We also should educate the public about these practices.”

Sumner said the statement encourages the global poultry sector to be proactive in its engagement with its stakeholders and “to implement practices that advance the ‘one health’ objectives that lead to healthy people, healthy animals, and a healthy planet.”

Members of the IPC began discussions on a position statement on antimicrobials at the organization’s second semester 2016 meeting in Portugal, and concluded work on the document at its most recent meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, in April.

“Stewardship in antimicrobial use is essential,” said Ricardo Santin of ABPA, the Brazilian Animal Protein Association. “As a sector, we must understand and control why and when we use antimicrobials, which antimicrobials we use, how much antimicrobials we use, and transparently communicate our actions”

Santin said that the industry must set its priorities for antimicrobial use in order to strike a balance between reducing the need for these compounds and providing the best possible care for its animals.

The IPC noted that it also recognizes the ethical obligation of farmers and their veterinarians to protect the health and welfare of the birds in their care, which may include the responsible use of antimicrobials. They emphasized that the poultry supply chain globally has a responsibility to ensure that it minimizes the industry’s potential contribution to the development of antimicrobial resistance.

 “We discussed and strongly recommend that all antimicrobials will only be used in compliance with national authorizations, and that those antimicrobials critically important for human medicine should be used for therapeutic purposes only and under a supervising veterinarian’s diagnosis and oversight,” said Prasert Anuchiracheeva, secretary general of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association.

“We do not yet have all the answers as to the extent by which the use of antimicrobials in livestock production contribute to antimicrobial resistance,” said Paul Lopez, president of a.v.e.c., the European poultry association. “But we know that the IPC has a key leadership role in understanding and minimizing the poultry sector’s impact. IPC members have a responsibility to produce safe, wholesome, and nutritious food, and within that is a duty to the best health and welfare of their birds.”

Sumner said that the IPC and its members will actively engage with intergovernmental organizations, with governments, and with stakeholders to help shape public policy to address antimicrobial resistance.

“We look forward to working with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the World Health Organization, and the Codex Alimentarius Commission to ensure that we collaboratively address the need to use all antimicrobials responsibly, and only when needed,” he said.

Grower Tips: Water System Inspections Pay Off


Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on June 14, 2017.

National Poultry Technology Center

Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Satisfying bird water needs is crucial for top flock performance, and it takes a great deal of water. A typical updated 40-foot by 500-foot broiler house in Alabama can consume 450,000 gallons or more of potable water a year for bird consumption and operation of a 6-inch evaporative cooling system.

 A four-house broiler farm of these houses may require 1.8 to 2 million gallons per year. Satisfying water demand can be especially challenging in summertime when both birds and evaporative cooling systems are thirsty. In addition to meeting the total demand, it is critical to meet the peak flow rate needed, which in hot weather might be as much as 50 to 60 gallons per minute for four houses.

We too often see farms that do not show obvious problems most of the time during cool and mild weather growouts — but show significant flock performance reductions in hot weather because of failing to meet the peak flow rate demand, which can be very costly to a grower.

Hot weather is fast approaching. Are your house’s water plumbing and supply systems adequate to handle summer’s peak demand? If you can’t answer “Yes,” with confidence, it is time to put a water supply system inspection at the top of your cleaning checklist.

Broiler house water system inspections should be routinely scheduled, but there are some scenarios or situations to look for that tell you to do it now:

  • Can’t get weight on birds and/or see higher than average mortality rates in hot weather.
  • Have experienced a drop in performance after adding additional houses on a farm.
  • Upgraded fans for higher wind speed and 6-inch cooling system without upgrading plumbing.
  • Experience low or no pressure at drinker lines and in control rooms when birds are drinking and evaporative cooling systems are filling at the same time.
  • Have trouble keeping evaporative cooling systems from running out of water on hot days.

Dollars saved or lost

If any of the situations or symptoms described above applies to your farm, a water supply restriction might be the root of the problem. Identifying a water supply problem can be tricky but of utmost importance in dollars and cents. You don’t want an overlooked water restriction to drop you to the bottom of the settlement sheet.

Consider two farms, each with four similar 40-foot by 500-foot broiler houses that require approximately 13 gpm (gallons per minute) per house at peak demand on a really hot, dry day, so the total farm water supply flow rate required is 52 gpm. Grower A has an adequate water supply and routinely checks for any symptoms of water shortage on the farm and corrects them. Grower B on the other hand, has consistently had trouble with performance during hot weather. He hasn’t identified the problem but notices the houses run low on pressure at times.

The truth is that Grower B’s water supply system is either partially clogged or undersized, and can deliver only 40 gpm, not 52 gpm. That’s a lot of gallons not available during crucial times of the growout when birds and cooling pads need it the most.

In this situation of hot weather water inadequacy, Grower B’s flocks may take as much as a 3 percent hit in livability and lose as much as 0.4 pounds of potential per bird average live weight. What does this look like in dollars and cents, if each farm places 88,000 birds per growout? There are many other factors to consider, but let’s keep it simple:

Grower A: livability: 97 percent; number of birds sold: 85,360; average lbs. per bird: 8.5; total lbs. sold: 725,560; $0.056/lbs. sold: $40,631.36.

Grower B: livability: 94 percent; number of birds sold: 82,720; average lbs. per bird: 8.1; total lbs. sold: 670,032; $0.056/lbs. sold: $37,521.79.

Income difference: $3,109.57.

Grower A, having an adequate water supply, received a check for approximately $40,631.36 with a good average weight and good livability. Grower B, having an inadequate water supply, sent fewer birds to the plant with poor livability and a much lower average weight and brought home $3,109.57 less for the same number of chicks placed. Grower B could easily find himself in this scenario for at least two hot weather flocks and see an estimated $6,219.14 in less income compared to Grower A, simply due to water inadequacy.

Cost of fixing a plumbing or other water supply problem on the average poultry farm varies greatly depending on the particular situation, but $6,000 would certainly go a long way toward fixing the problem.

Inspection points

The first point to consider is that the water source used — whether a water utility or pumping from a well or pond, must be capable of supplying the amount and flow rate needed.

Particular poultry farm water needs vary greatly depending on location, whether conditions, number and size of houses, and number and size of birds grown in those houses. Our example farm above, typical for the lower Broiler Belt growing large birds, needs a water source capable of supplying a minimum of 52 gpm at maximum demand.

Remember, that is just for the poultry farm, not a dwelling or other farm needs. Contact your company representative for an estimated per-house water requirement.

Following are the main items to check to assure your water system and plumbing are adequate. Examples assume the same typical four-house farm with modern 40-foot by 500-foot broiler houses, the farm requiring 52 gpm at peak demand. Note: these figures are for illustration purposes only, and may not fit your farm. Each farm must be assessed according to the location of the farm, weather conditions, type and size of birds, and amount and type of equipment installed.

Undersized water meter

Undersized water meters can significantly reduce the amount of water pressure and flow that a farm receives during hot weather. The meter might be sufficient to supply a residential home but not a poultry farm.

Our example farm requiring 52 gpm will need a 1.5-inch diameter municipal water meter to adequately supply the farm. The typical 3/4-inch water meter is rated for up to 30 gpm and a 1-inch meter up to 50 gpm, each restricting 15 psi at given water flow. These are American Water Works Association standard pressure loss ratings. Specific meter ratings should be confirmed with the water supplier and meter manufacturer.

Undersized main plumbing line(s)

Undersized main water supply lines are often found to be the root of a water problem. A certified plumber should be consulted to determine if a farm’s main line is undersized. The distance from the water source at the meter or well head to the farm’s control room determines the amount of pressure (friction) loss that will occur.

Also, major changes in elevation contribute to pressure loss. For example, a 21.7 psi pressure loss will be felt if the farm is only 50 feet above the meter or well head. Our example four-house farm would need a 2-inch diameter PVC main water line and would have 20 psi of friction loss if the farm was 1,000 feet from the point of supply on level grade.

If the farm water system was installed using only a 1.5-inch main line the friction loss would be approximately 60 psi (three times more) measured 1,000 feet away. A new 2-inch main water meter won’t fix the problem of an undersized main supply line on the farm.

Stopped up filters

The great thing about water filters is the fact that they are disposable just like the air filters in our homes. The problem is sometimes we forget to change them and even if we have a regimen we follow to change them once per flock that might not be enough during summer months when we are using more than average water.

Each farm is different and the rate of filter changes is based on quality and quantity of water used. It is imperative to have water pressure gauges installed on both sides of the filter so the grower can tell if and when the filter is restricting water pressure. This really needs to be checked when a significant number of the birds are up and drinking. If no water is flowing through the filter then there will not be a pressure drop even if the filter needs to be changed. The poorer the water quality the more time and effort a grower will have to spend keeping filters clean.

Clogged regulator

Water pressure regulators are a great way to restrict water pressure to the drinker systems inside the house but they too can be a water flow restriction.

This regulator takes the pressure down from supply pressure at 40 to 100 psi to approximately 25 to 40 psi, depending on company preference. These regulators have a wire mesh screen inside of them to keep trash from damaging the regulator but can restrict water flow as contaminants build up over time.

Regulators should be removed from the line and inspected each year at minimum. Water meters and medicators can also become clogged with trash in the system.

Kinked drinker supply hoses

Also known as drop houses, these connect the water supply plumbing to the drinker lines. The most frequent problem we see with drop houses is that they become easily kinked and partially or totally stop water flow.

Common household or “garden” hoses are not good options for supplying water to drinkers as they are often very easy to kink. Even if higher quality hoses are used, they too can become kinked. If small diameter drop hoses are used, be aware that if biofilm builds up in these hoses, they too can become a source of water restriction.

Contaminated nipple drinkers

While modern nipple drinkers usually work well to supply birds with adequate water, they can become partially clogged with biofilm and other contaminants and functionally restrict water. This is not just a hot weather problem. It can occur at any time of the year, and is most often a problem with young chicks, resulting in high 7-day mortalities.

Young chicks are often not strong enough to break the drinker pins free if they are stuck. Activating nipple drinkers prior to bird placement is a must. As nipple drinker technology has evolved, there are several different types of nipple drinkers on the market, designed for the different types and size of birds.

Make sure the nipple drinkers in your lines were designed for the birds you are growing. If you have questions about what nipple drinker is right for the flocks being grown, ask your company representative about approved drinker types and options.

Backup water source

Water plays an extremely important role in growing a good healthy flock of chickens, so making sure the farm has a good clean and abundant source of water from day one to catch is imperative.

Just as you need a backup generator, you need a fall-back water source. If your primary water source fails for any reason, your secondary source must be ready to take over and carry the farm until the primary water source can be restored.

The bottom line

It is very difficult to maintain a competitive edge growing chickens on farms that have water supply problems, especially during hot weather growouts.

Water restrictions can develop slowly over time and go unnoticed for years, but will have been robbing performance all that time. A little time spent on preventative maintenance on the farm’s water system can pay dividends by the end of the summer.

We have received many calls and reports back from growers and company representatives that have basically “turned problem farms around” simply by identifying and successfully repairing water supply problems. That is not to say that this will fix every problem, but it is certainly worth a grower’s time to pay some attention to his water supply system.

If it is decided that a plumbing upgrade is in order for your farm and you are not comfortable or experienced in plumbing work, please contact a company representative and a local, reputable plumber and come up with a plan together. There is never enough money for a redo and fixing mistakes in an emergency can be costly.

More information from the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University can be obtained at

BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium in August

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium on August 1-2, 2017 in Rogers, Arkansas.

The booth will be manned by seasoned staff Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite and Regional Sales Manager, Dean Allen.  As experts in their fields these two know all the ins and outs of the animal health market.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Dean Allen, Regional Sales Manager                                          Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

318-510-8046                                                                                  256-677-2802                                              


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BioSafe Systems to Excited to See Push for Sustainability in Poultry Industry

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – As the focus grows stronger on companies proposing more sustainable methods of poultry production, those already in the business gear up for the change.  With numerous EPA-registered and Organic-certified products BioSafe Systems is a leader in providing green and sustainable solutions that work. ‘Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.’ is not just our tagline—it’s the foundation on which the company is built.

Our goal is to help growers and producers establish programs that are cost effective and successful, but also sustainable for the environment and the farm.  This belief in a “farm-to-fork” approach pushes us to be on the forefront of innovation and to provide safe and effective products for every step of the process.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peracetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to customers within the animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries.

Russell Owings, VP of Food Safety



Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative



Dean Allen, Regional Sales Manager



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The U.S. is Unprepared for an Avian Influenza Outbreak

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on May 16, 2017.

The U.S. poultry industry is not prepared for an avian influenza outbreak, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

One of the problems is that the federal government relies heavily on volunteer efforts to provide biosecurity measures. However, according to the report, the USDA is coming up with two major initiatives to encourage biosecurity improvements.

Another issue addressed is in the production of influenza vaccine for humans. The creation of the vaccines depends on chicken eggs and the Department of Health and Human Services is working on reducing that need of poultry products.

All this is not to say that the USDA is not working hard in response to avian influenza. Surveillance, mass depopulation, disposal and continuity of business are some of the responsibilities the agency handles in response to avian influenza.

However the corrective actions against the disease, such as the ones used in 2014 and 2016, have not been evaluated for their effectiveness, and no plans are in place for future actions to be studied.

However, the corrective actions used against the disease, such as the plans used in 2014 and 2016, the agency created corrective actions against the disease, but these plans have not been evaluated to see how effective they are [sic].

Though the virus has been quiet in the U.S. for several weeks now, it has made a recent resurgent in the U.K. and a deadly zoonotic-strain has been ongoing in China, already killing more than 2,000 people. The summer heat helps combats the disease, but there is no guarantee that it will not return. Three states were reported to have the virus in the hot summer month of July last year.

BioSafe Welcomes New Hire to Meat, Poultry and Seafood Segment

BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome Dean Allen to the Meat, Poultry and Seafood Team as Regional Sales Manager based in Shreveport, LA. Dean will be charged with increasing the market share and sales of BioSafe’s microbial intervention products, animal health sanitation products and food safety solutions. He will focus on developing lasting relationships with key decision makers and acquiring new customers.

Holding a degree in General Business and Business Administration from Cypress College, Dean has an impressive history in business and sales management; the Allen family owned and operated a Dale Carnegie Training franchise for several years which lead Dean to running his own business, AMA Employee Testing and Training. Dean’s experience in the specialty chemistry industry began with ChemStation where he held several sales management positions and then most recently with Zep, Inc. where he spent the last 5 years.

Dean’s unique background in sales and food safety chemistries will be an invaluable asset to BioSafe’s current and expanding client base.

“As a sales leader in the food safety industry, I have always been concerned and passionate about how our food travels from farm to plate and protecting our customer’s brand while at the same time producing the safest food possible for the everyday consumer. I am looking forward to having a long and prosperous career with BioSafe Systems.”

Grower Tips: Hot Weather Prep – 5 Opportunities to Maximize Airflow & Cooling

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on April 7, 2017.

National Poultry Technology Center – Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Hot weather is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how to make sure our tunnel ventilation and evaporative cooling systems are ready to produce maximum airflow and bird cooling. Many companies and growers, especially those raising large broilers, got caught with a heat wave last summer that resulted in high mortalities.The sad truth is that many, if not most, of those mortalities could possibly have been avoided. In this article, we outline the key spring cleaning and maintenance tips to help you recognize and take advantage of too-often overlooked opportunities to get the full airflow and tunnel cooling needed to avoid unnecessary mortalities this summer.

Here’s the quick list:

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads

Opportunity 5: Stop hot air bypassing cooling pads

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks — Get the windspeed and cooling you paid for.

During full tunnel, we want to force all air to enter through the tunnel inlets, flow down the house over the birds, and out the fans. Any outside air that leaks into the house between the tunnel inlets and the tunnel fans will hurt windspeed and add cooling load.

Air leaks from the attic or through house structural gaps are also likely to be much hotter than ambient outside air. Any unsealed cracks or holes where sun is shining on roof or sidewall metal are likely to allow super-heated air, often well over 100 degrees F, to enter the house, putting a much heavier load on the cooling system.

Visual inspection of attic inlets, attic access doors, ceiling material, perimeter inlets, man doors, and curtains can often reveal easily-sealed leak points.

Follow-up smoke testing is well worth the trouble to identify and seal otherwise hard to find leaks, especially along sidewalls, foundation seals, and end walls. Few broiler houses, even relatively new ones, are tight enough to justify a grower passing up a springtime between-flocks opportunity to stop hot air leaks.

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans — Maintain full fan capacity to get maximum airflow.

All fans used for tunnel ventilation must be thoroughly cleaned, inspected and repaired. Having clean fans is good, but cleanliness will not restore airflow lost because of worn parts. We often find clean tunnel fans that are overdue for major repairs and are keeping growers from getting maximum windspeed.

Belts, tensioners, pulleys and shutters should be at the top of the list. Maintenance for a relatively new house is just as important as “old” house maintenance. A tunnel fan that has run (conservatively) 1,500 hours a year for five years has operated for 7,500 hours and the belts should have already been replaced a couple of times.

Even in fairly new houses, we have been able to pick up over 100 fpm (feet per minute) in windspeed simply by changing belts and servicing belt tensioners on fewer than half of the house tunnel fans. In addition to doing maintenance ahead of hot weather, growers raising big birds should be inspecting fans for problems and cleaning shutters during the growout.

This is especially important if in-house foggers are used. Fans provide the muscle power needed for maximum cooling. Don’t let fans be the weak link in your cooling system.

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings — Get more air moving under lower pressure.

Tunnel doors and curtains must be inspected to make sure they are in the full open position when all fans are on. We find many damaged pulleys, broken strings, and broken cables that cause inlet air restrictions and reduced tunnel airflow. Less airflow means lower air speed and reduced cooling for the birds.

It is a good idea — ahead of the cooling season and after doing cooling system maintenance — to place each house in the full tunnel mode with the tunnel inlets fully open and record the static pressure. Then if at any time during hot weather you find a house running under significantly higher pressure, you are likely to find an air flow restriction as the culprit.

For example, a house that normally tests at 0.11 inches in full tunnel, and then suddenly approaches 0.15 inches in full tunnel during growout is showing you a sign that something is restricting airflow. Keep tunnel curtains moved out of the way in full tunnel.

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads — To get full cooling benefit.

A typical 40-foot wide broiler house evaporative cooling system can evaporate over 5,000 gallons of water on a hot day in Alabama. A 66-foot wide house can evaporate over 11,000 gallons of water per day.

 It is easy to understand how mineral and dust buildup can quickly occur on the surfaces of 6-inch evaporative pad systems when this much water is being evaporated on a daily basis.

This means growers must be aware of water quality and the need to replace pad system water in a timely manner. It is important to keep clean water in the system and to keep the screen filters in place and header holes unstopped to prevent fouling the evaporative cooling system. When the house needs maximum cooling, every square foot of pad must be wet.

It’s important that every evaporative cooling system have enough water flowing over the pads to keep dust and debris from drying onto the surface of the pads. As mineral concentrations increase and dust accumulates, this buildup can severely restrict the airflow through the evaporative pads. Once this buildup is allowed to dry and harden it can be difficult to remove without damaging the pads.

Make sure the pads and system are thoroughly cleaned before adding chemicals. Follow the directions for cleaning as stated on the label. Inspect pads, flush header pipes and tanks, and replenish the system with fresh water on a routine basis. Evaporative cooling is essential along with good tunnel airflow to keep birds comfortable in hot weather.

Opportunity 5: Stop air bypassing cooling pads — Keep hot air off birds.

Air that is allowed to leak into the plenum room (dog house) without passing through the wetted evaporative pads is a big problem. Any air that leaks through the ceiling of the plenum room just under the roof metal can be 130 degrees F or more during the heat of the day.

To stop that hot air from entering the house, plenum room ceilings must be insulated and air tight. We also often find air coming in above and below the recirculation system frames, around access doors, and the end walls of the plenum rooms. Gaps between pads are another too-often seen way hot air is allowed to enter the house.

Any gaps must be closed up by pushing the pads to one side and adding additional pad or partial sections to fill the gaps. Take time to check the entire plenum room for possible air leaks that could be robbing the house of cooled air. You may well find an opportunity to gain several additional degrees of cooling.

The Bottom Line

Hot weather brings challenges that will test even the best growers. Growers who get the rewards of top flock performance pay close attention to the details in these five opportunities and understand that they complement one another.

Getting maximum bird cooling performance requires all five out of five steps to be completed and maintained. Improving cooling by 1 or 2 degrees and windspeed by 100 fpm is a big deal in hot weather.

For more details on what you can do to meet your goals this coming summer, visit our website at and watch our YouTube videos on “Tips for Tunnel Cooling, House Tightness and Generator Service.”

And, to protect your bottom line, remember that a hot weather plan is only as good as the backup plan. If you have not already done so, now is the time to get your generator and electrical systems properly serviced, alarms tested, alarm batteries replaced, backups calibrated, and spare parts back in stock. These items are essential to keep flocks safe from disaster when the primary components fail, so don’t take them for granted.

More information from the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University can be obtained at

BioSafe Systems to Attend Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School in May

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be attending Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School May 9-10, 2017 in Starkville, MS.

Participants will receive critical information from some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers in the business. Come to learn, network and socialize with others in the poultry health industry.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative


FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

Published with permission by Food Safety Magazine.  Originally posted on April 4, 2017.

When the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule was proposed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it intended to waive the rule’s requirements in certain cases in which they would not be needed to further protect foods from becoming unsafe.

Today, the FDA announced the publication of three waivers to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include:

  • Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade “A” Milk Safety Program, only when transporting Grade “A” milk and milk products.
  • Food establishments authorized by the regulatory authority to operate when engaged as receivers, or as shippers and carriers in operations in which food is delivered directly to consumers, or to other locations the establishments or affiliates operate that serve or sell food directly to consumers. (Examples include restaurants, supermarkets and home grocery delivery services.)
  • Businesses transporting molluscan shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels or scallops) that are certified and inspected under the requirements established by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference’s (ISSC) National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) and that transport the shellfish in vehicles permitted under ISSC authority.

The FSMA rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is part of the FDA’s effort to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation. The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food.

These waivers are being published after being described in the proposed and final rule. FDA considered comments on the waivers and found that the waivers would not result in the transportation of food under conditions that would be unsafe for human or animal health, or contrary to the public interest.

More information regarding the Sanitary Transportation rule (including a discussion of the comments we received on these waivers), and any of the FSMA provisions, is available at