WASHINGTON – A group of grain and grain processing associations recently made available a new resource that gives shippers greater visibility into recent goods carried by covered hopper cars.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), as well as a coalition comprising the National Oilseed Processors Association, the Pet Food Institute and the American Bakers Association, announced earlier this year a partnering with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and Railinc with the goal of providing shippers with essential information to maintain the highest food safety standards and to help prevent potential cross-contact with food allergens.
“With the funding and leadership provided by AAR and Railinc, agricultural shippers will have access to a reliable resource for information on the last three loads moved in railcars, which is crucial for food safety and regulatory compliance,” said Mike Seyfert, Chairman and CEO of NGFA. “NGFA is also grateful to the operational and technical experts representing industry users in a joint working group that has been engaged from the outset in the design of this new resource to ensure that it has the functionality that businesses need. “
Dale Nelior, vice president of government and technical affairs at NAMA, said the flour mill industry association appreciates the opportunity to collaborate on this initiative with AAR, Railinc and supply chain partners from NAMA.
“This tool will provide the flour milling industry with greater transparency and faster access to essential information that will help NAMA members maintain a high level of food safety, a top priority for our industry,” said Nellor. .
The new online resource, the Last Three Loaded Standard Transportation Commodity Code (STCC), will allow agricultural shippers to better identify the last content transported in a particular railcar in order to continue to ensure that the highest food safety standards are met. complied with and comply with the United States. Food and Drug Administration Sanitary Transportation Rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The secure, searchable user interface developed by Railinc relies on unique industry knowledge and the management of critical industrial systems that track nearly all North American rail fleet equipment and goods transported.
In their joint press release, NAMA and NGFA said the partnership between AAR, Railinc and the task force demonstrates the shared commitment of shippers, shippers and carriers to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency. of the American food supply.