The Sanitary Cold Chain
Logistics Food Safety & Quality Management

TransCert Food Safety & Quality During
Food Transportation Operations

Logistics Food Safety & Quality Management
Helping food shippers establish carrier food safety & quality procedures and reporting
Our system is designed to establish sanitation, temperature and traceability controls and covers the following critical aspects of food logistics operations:

CONTAINERS: Any device used to transport food or food products. Containers may include bins, trucks, tankers, truck trailers, shipping containers, rail cars, planes and other similar devices.

MAINTENANCE STATIONS: Any company involved in the sanitation or installation of temperature or traceability monitors for carriers or containers.

CARRIERS (FDA): A person who owns, leases, or is otherwise ultimately responsible for the use of a motor vehicle or rail vehicle to transport food (private truck fleets, private fleet truck drivers, contracted drivers, distributors, leased vehicles).

SHIPPERS (FDA): A person who initiates a shipment of food by motor vehicle or rail vehicle

RECEIVERS (FDA): Any person who receives food after transportation, whether or not that person represents the final point of receipt for the food.

TRANSPORTATION (FDA): Any movement of food in commerce by motor vehicle or rail vehicle

TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT:  Equipment used in transportation operations, other than vehicles


The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals lists
Food Safety as "the biggest issue and the hardest to get a handle on".

                                                         Service - on-time deliveries are critical
                                                         Traceability is of paramount importance
                                                         Temperature Abuse
                                                         Sabotage and tampering
                                                         Cross Contamination (Sanitation)
                                                         Theft - Food as the number one stolen cargo

If you open your home refrigerator and look at the food inside,
on the average, your food has traveled over 2000 miles to arrive at your home.

Do food carriers meet  transporter food safety requirements?

Are carrier trucks and containers sanitized and tested when and how they should be?  Are specified temperatures maintained?  Is data available and delivered to prove compliance to your requirements?  Have you qualified, trained and certified your carriers?  Do you have the documentation to prove it?

Under New FDA food transporter food safety laws, shippers are now responsible for specifying temperature and sanitation procedures for hired carriers.  The TransCert and the Sanitary Cold Chain system is designed to help shippers develop carrier contracts, procedures, training, audits and certification designed to meet these new federal laws.

Fact:  For U.S. and imported foods, the shipper is responsible for specifying food safety requirements and procedures and the carrier is responsible for proving that carriers are meeting both temperature and sanitation controls.
TransCertTM Food Safety and Quality
Assessment, Training, Audit and Certification Services
for Shippers and Carriers


Sysco is Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Seafood, Milk and Raw Meat in Unrefrigerated Storage Sheds

The historic penalty is one of the largest consumer settlements in California. Inspectors from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched their investigation into Sysco Corporation last July, after whistle blowers came forward to NBC Bay Area to expose the company’s longstanding practice of storing meat, produce, dairy, and other fresh food in dirty, unrefrigerated, outdoor storage units.

Sanitary Cold Chain Press Release in Refrigerated and Frozen Foods
Click the Link Below

Certified Latin American Transportation Auditors Now Available for Perishable Supply Chains


BOOM! FDA fires warning shot across the food industry.

Click Here to Download the FDA “Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)”

The Sanitary Cold Chain TransCert System

                                        A  Assessment at shipment origin and destination
                                                  T  Training for shipping and transportation personnel
                                                  A  Audits to determine conformance to standards
                                                  C Certification to your requirements and federal food transportation laws

We specialize in helping to reduce the risk of food suspected of adulteration through all transportation phases. Our goal is to help  assure food safety for cold chain suppliers and importers.  We have representatives, inspectors, trainers, and auditors throughout Latin America to act as your eyes and ears. 
Our training programs are available in English and Spanish and are also available for your corporate and regional transportation operation staff.  Training is online, self-paced, reasonably priced and focused on helping you to install the disciplines and procedures you need to protect your clients and consumers.
The Newest Information on Food Safety and Quality During Transportation

Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation is a new book by John M Ryan.

The book, published by Elsevier Press, includes FDA and USDA guidance information, standards and certification, and food safety and quality planning procedures to establish a foundation for transportation system prevention, implementation, standardisation, measurement and improvement.

Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation provides a sound foundation for the improvement of the transportation sector responsible for the movement of food. While food safety agencies have been focused on producer, processor, retail, and restaurant food safety, the industry that moves the food has been largely overlooked. Ensuring trucks and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected, proper maintenance of refrigeration temperatures during transport, and avoiding paperwork delays are all areas of concern. Lack of government oversight has resulted in multiple, non-standardized approaches to food safety that are inspection-dependent,” the publisher says.

“This book focuses specifically on the food movers normally overlooked by today’s food safety auditors, compliance schemes, government agencies, quality control personnel, and transportation executives. It outlines delivery control solutions and provides basic standards designed to protect the transportation industry, as well as addressing problems associated with food transportation and practical solutions that are focused on container sanitation and traceability food safety and quality needs.”

The book is written for those involved in ensuring the safe transport of food commodities, including supply chain management, food safety management and quality management personnel.


Summary of TransCert and Sanitary Cold Chain Services


FSMA Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

Click the link below to download the document:

Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportationof Human and Animal Food

TransCert testifies at the FDA hearing on the FDA FSMA Proposed Rules
Watch the Comments on UTube
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Sponsor the TransCertTM University
Receive Employee and Driver Training Discounts

The FDA will continue to establish transportation operation training needs over the next several year.  The Sanitary Cold Chain is seeking companies interested in providing sponsorship support for training in the refrigerated carrier industry.  Our plan is to establish a complete curriculum that serves carrier training needs under the name of the TransCert University.

In exchange for sponsorship support, sponsor logos will be displayed as on university materials and silver sponsors ($2500) will receive a 25% discount for all delivered training for a period of one year.  Any gold sponsor ($5000) employee or driver from your company will be eligible to receive this training and will be awarded a completion certificate if courses are completed within a two year period from this date.  As a gold sponsor, you will also receive a 25% reduction in the cost of your first annual certification audit. 

Donate to the development of new food safety and quality training programs for shippers, carriers and receivers.  Any amount is accepted.  Silver and gold sponsors are welcome.  Click the "Donate" button below.

Do you think your food transportation operations are

protected and in compliance?
Click Here to Take a Quick Quiz

Our customized training and planning programs are designed to help you upgrade and standardize your company’s food transportation processes.  Review all of the TransCert training programs by clicking our Training link.

If you transport or cause food to be transported, standardizing and controlling transportation processes in order to prevent food adulteration is critical. Your company must have a consistent ability to meet customer and legal food safety compliance requirements.  Containers, bins, trays, trailers, tankers, rail cars, reefers, ground and air pallets and other food carrying containers for cleanliness, temperature control, traceability and management record keeping in order to meet U.S. and international food transportation requirements.

It is clear that food container tracking, sanitation, temperature and humidity control and record keeping are becoming supply chain issues requiring increased attention across all company locations. 

Introduce your logistics professionals to newly evolving standards and to help them to develop a customized system that will meet today’s logistics needs, satisfy your customer’s food safety requirements and ready your food transportation processes for upcoming legal requirements.

The journey from “Where do we start?” to “We are compliant food safety carriers.” begins with TransCert.



                                                                       Improve food safety and quality

                                                                       Meet FSMA compliance requirements

                                                                       Better manage the cold chain

                                                                       Protect your customers

                                                                       Build the best reputation in your sector

Read our latest article in Food Logistics
"A Dangerous Game to Play"
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Then Learn to Lead Your Company

Sanitary Cold Chain is now offering a Leadership Training course for selected individuals chosen by their companies to lead new transportation food safety certification requirements.  If chosen as a transportation food safety leader, you will be trained to enable your company to meet new legal, customer and other transportation food safety standards and practices that require new container  Management, Training, HACCP, Traceability and Sanitation practices. 
TransCertTM Single or Dual Certification
Air Freight Forwarders, Shipping Containers, Rail, Truck Fleets, Handlers and Air Cargo Transporters
If your company moves food through the supply chain, cleanliness, temperature control and traceability requirements apply to you. 

Planes, trucks, rail cars, containers, shipping containers, pallets and all food holding or moving containers must be numbered, documented, sanitary, tested and traceable. 

Our Sanitary Cold Chain standards will help you to comply with newly evolving food safety logistics laws.  We award our transportation certification (TransCert) certificates to companies meeting established food logistics standards.  Once certified, your company may advertise your TransCert compliance status to customers demanding supply chain control.

To determine your level of compliance, click the "Contact TransCert" link at the top of this page and fill out the form.
Contact Information
Sanitary Cold Chain
29905 Santa Maria Drive
Canyon Lake, California  USA  92587
Phone:  1 + (808) 469-0046
FAX:  1 + (951) 746-2294

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