FSIS Safety and Security Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products [open pdf - 572KB]
The FSIS Food Safety and Security Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products are designed to assist small facilities and shippers handling these products. The guidelines provide a list of safety and security measures that may be taken to prevent contamination of meat, poultry, and egg products during loading and unloading, transportation, and in-transit storage. In these voluntary guidelines, we strongly encourage shippers and receivers, as well as transporters of these products, to develop controls for ensuring the condition of the products through all phases of distribution. Such controls are necessary to protect the products from intentional, as well as unintentional, contamination. We recognize that not all of these measures will be appropriate or practical for every facility. The first section of these guidelines provides food safety measures to help prevent the physical, chemical, radiological, or microbiological contamination of meat, poultry, and egg products during transportation and storage. The second section of the guidelines deals specifically with security measures intended to prevent the same forms of contamination due to criminal or terrorist acts. Both sections apply to all points of shipment from the processor to their delivery at the retail store, restaurant, or other facility serving consumers of the products. These guidelines can be applied whether the potential contamination occurs due to an intentional or unintentional act.