Perishable Goods In Transit

Today, for the 8th day of Christmas I look at the shipment of perishable goods. Any shipper of perishable goods, such as Milk for example, has the responsibility of making sure that the perishable goods are packed, stored and shipped according to legal standards. No brainer right? It is until you have the surprise time delay factor.  The packaging must be adequate for the amount of the time that the goods will be in transit. 


The shipper, who has not made sufficient arraignments in packaging, cannot sue for the liability to be placed on a carrier when the goods are spoiled. Some shipment arraignments are dry ice, which is considered a hazardous material and therefore has special laws for shipping.


In cases where problems arise with shipping the liability of a carrier for any damages to the goods, which into carrier’s possession, is a matter of federal Law and controlled by federal government. Normally there will be a In cases involving foods there is normally a safety issue involved and the standards are always increasing for the shipper. The US FDA requires all food facilities to go through its registration, but hat all food facility registration process “for companies that manufacture, process, pack or store food, beverages and or dietary supplements, things that can be consumed.” The companies must also have a designated US Agent for FDA communications


When the perishable goods are moving nationally the laws are also changing. In Indiana, the state Police are now allowed to pull over commercial vehicles transporting food and food products to make sure the loads comply with certain health regulations. The State troopers may detain vehicles to determine compliance with the applicable food safety rules as well as health inspectors can order the disposal of certain food and impound the vehicles that are not compliant. 


TEIL Firms wishes you a very safe and prosperous holiday with 8 maids a milking!