ELIZABETH, NJ – September 29, 2016 – East Coast Warehouse & Distribution, a leading temperature-controlled logistics provider for the food and beverage industry, today announced it has completed a rigorous accreditation process to receive the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation puts East Coast Warehouse at the forefront of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandate and raises its status as a best in class, organically rated, temperature-controlled, food grade logistics services provider.
The FDA finalized this new food safety rule under the FSMA earlier this year in order to help prevent both intentional and unintentional contamination of the food supply chain from farm to fork. The rule requires those transporting food by motor or rail vehicle to meet the following guidelines for safe and sanitary transportation:
- Must be clean, dry and odor-free
- If the trailer is temperature-controlled, it must be operating properly at the correct temperature
- The trailer must be free of any structural defects in the roof, walls or floor boards
If a trailer fails to meet these standards, then the carrier must make alternative arrangements.
“At East Coast Warehouse, we take our responsibility to protect our food and beverage customers and their products very seriously,” said Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse. “The SQF certification is a prestigious designation that assures both manufactures and consumers that the storage and transportation of consumable products have been handled according to the highest industry standards.”
In addition to its new SQF certification, East Coast Warehouse is certified by the American Sanitation Institute (ASI), certified organic by Oregon Tilth, FDA registered and U.S. Customs bonded. For more information on East Coast Warehouse and its services, please visit www.eastcoastwarehouse.com.
About East Coast Warehouse & Distribution
For more than 60 years, East Coast Warehouse & Distribution has served as a preeminent 4PL leader, offering integrated temperature-controlled logistics services to food and beverage importers. Its state-of-the-art, 38 million cubic square foot facility strategically located in an overweight zone on the Port of New York/New Jersey, expedited U.S. Customs and Border Protection Exam Services, transportation capabilities and value-added services offers clients a 4PL end-to-end solution that is sophisticated and seamless. For more information, please visit www.eastcoastwarehouse.com.