When shipping food, those who deliver and receive goods have to prove that the containers they're using are clean, whether it be truck, rail, or barge. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration released a new rule called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
While much of it has been implemented, sanitary transportation enforcement and the budget looking forward has been unclear.
Iowa State University Grain Quality Specialist Dr. Charles Hurburgh says farmers are exempt from the sanitary transportation provision but grain processors still have to make sure that hazards don't come into their grain, which means farmers can expect more requirements and stringent measures in keeping records of who is delivering grain and when, while dealing with an elevator or coop.
Hurburgh says farmers should start keeping records, "I would start doing those things now. For more, please click here.