The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol (UFSTP) is a legal document to be executed by subscribing motor carriers that sets for the minimum standards they agree to meet in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations under FSMA to ensure the sanitary transportation of human and animal food. The Protocol was prepared by a law firm specializing in transportation law after consultation with carriers, shippers, brokers, warehousing firms, and insurers.
UFSTP is not affiliated with any government agency, and participation in the UFSTP program is not required by any government agency.
The intent of the Protocol is to establish minimum delegable duties that subscribing carriers agree to meet. A list of subscribing carriers together with appropriate contact is published at www.ufstp.com/verify. The UFSTP agreement's terms can be incorporated by reference in contracts and load confirmation sheets executed with subscribing carriers by shippers, brokers, warehousing firms, and consignors.
The Protocol is copyrighted and managed by UFSTP and only current subscribing carriers are authorized to use the Protocol or incorporate it by reference in contracts. The purpose of the Protocol is to establish uniformity and minimum standards that will afford all carriers equal access to perishable commodities governed by FSMA and the FDA rule while allowing customers in the spot market to verify carrier familiarity with delegable FDA requirements under the act.