Food Modernization Safety Act - Idealease Is Prepared



The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011.  It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.

The FMSA is about more than simply another set of rules to follow.  It’s about coordinating the efforts of everyone in the cold chain, from farm to fork. From the folks that regulate where the food comes from (farms, imports), to who receives them (retail grocery, restaurants), to the people that transport the food, and most importantly the people that rent and lease the trucks that do the transportation.

All of this costs money. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that, to implement FMSA effectively, the FDA would need a cumulative increase of $583 million over the first five years following enactment.  Due to this funding concern, full implementation is not expected until fall of 2016 or early 2017. 

Regardless of the timetable, we at Idealease have prepared for this implementation by making certain we have the technical expertise and capabilities of ensuring we comply with the legal requirements of the FMSA. This allows Idealease to provide the stability, responsiveness, and expertise that define us.
Refrigeration and Food Safety Challenges

In addition to impending legislation, there are many other challenges facing the transportation industry.  According to an internet based study conducted by RWI Transportation at the beginning of the fiscal year 2012, the two biggest challenges facing shippers of refrigerated products today include capacity, and temperature control.

Capacity - 76 percent of those surveyed indicated they have experienced issues with lack of available refrigerated trucks during peak seasons.  It has been reported that there is often a shortage by as much as a 15 percent of the trucks available to customers.  A common approach to overcoming this challenge is seeking leasing companies that can provide a reliable means to transport refrigerated products to their customers.  Customers need help in getting their goods to market and Idealease has a significant opportunity to provide to them the trucks and maintenance services they require.  In short, there is a growing demand that is rising quickly and the investment in training made by Idealease is allowing us to stay ahead of it.

Maintaining Temperatures – The primary reason loads are rejected is for temperature variances that are either too warm or too cool.  The cost of not maintaining the appropriate temperature of the load goes beyond the cost of the load itself.  There are less obvious impacts to our customers’ business, including the time it takes to check a load, inspecting it to see if it is salvageable, the time it takes to unload the truck and the delay getting the replacement shipment to their customers.  But the biggest cost is the affect on the relationship with their truck leasing company, which could cause the leasing company to lose the account.  Idealease is a company that succeeds when our trucks are on the road being used by our customers, not in the shop being repaired.  Proper maintenance of the truck and the reefer unit will ensure our PM Currency is where it should be, continuing to provide the high level of service that our customers have come to expect.

“As we look at the future of our industry it is apparent that refrigeration will be an expanding market as more and more leasing customer’s use refrigeration to transport their products… refrigeration technology, product requirements and regulations are changing and becoming more demanding on the service providers.”

Dan Murphy
Idealease, Inc.
President & CEO