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Archived - Chapter 4 - Inspection Criteria for a Sugar Bush Establishment
4.3 Transportation

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4.3.1 Trucks, Bulk Tanks and Trailers


The trucks, bulk tanks and trailers are designed, built, maintained, cleaned and used so as to ensure a quality product that is hygienically prepared to avoid contamination.

Assessment Criteria

Design, construction and preventive maintenance

  • suitable for transporting food and packaging materials
  • accessible for cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and inspection tasks
  • make it possible to avoid contamination of the product during transport


  • loading, organizing, and unloading while avoiding contamination or damage to foods and packaging materials

Cleanliness of the interiors of the trucks and trailers

  • inspection upon receipt and before loading
  • if necessary, cleaning and sanitation

Bulk tanks (when present at the establishment)

  • used only to transport food products
  • allow complete drainage to avoid food contamination
  • receipt of a cleaning certificate (or any other equivalent document), OR
  • when performed by the operator, inclusion of a written procedure for cleaning and sanitation in the sanitation program (evaluated in task 4.7.5 – Sanitation Program)

Note: Pay particular attention to the cleanness, cleaning and sanitation of the trucks, trailers and bulk tanks that are used for transporting both allergenic and non-allergenic food products.

Rating I - Examples

  • Transporting of maple syrup products in bulk tanks that were used for transporting hazardous materials or food product containing allergens without having been cleaned or having a cleaning certificate.

Rating II - Examples

  • Cleaning product residue inside a poorly-rinsed or poorly-drained tank, causing contamination.

Rating III - Examples

  • Uncleaned truck, with dirt and dust on the walls and the floor where finished packaged products are loaded.
  • Damaged trailers, poorly designed and difficult to clean, risk damaging the finished products.


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