|Bio-Terrorism Act Mandates New Recordkeeping Rules for Grain and Feed Handlers
|OMAHA (DTN) -- According to a company
release, those grain elevator operations that receive, hold, and ship
raw agricultural commodities, such as corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa
meal, and other crops, are mandated by the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 to
register all their facilities, wherever food grains are received,
cleaned, stored, blended, and processed, and then shipped. This mandate
to keep records of all grain received and shipped through the
facilities is required to help prevent acts of contamination either by
terrorists or by natural contamination.
Feed mill operations
that receive raw agricultural commodities and manufacture them into
animal and pet feed also are required to comply with this law. Even the
delivery truck and its drivers have to be recorded.
recordkeeping process must be in place by June 2006. After this date,
all records must be available to the FDA as soon as possible, and no
longer than 24 hours after a request is made if an act of contamination
is tracked to a grain handling operation.
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