The food supply chain can be a lot like a car. When all of the parts and processes are working and in rhythm, all is good; however, when a problem occurs in any single, isolated piece, it can spell trouble for the entire vehicle. A flat tire, a dead battery, a failing transmission. All of these issues can keep a car firmly parked until the issue is addressed. The multiple exchanges within our food’s supply chain increase the potential problems between the farm or factory and our plate or pantry. In 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, with the focus of preventing contamination, instead of reacting to it. The December issue of Inbound Logistics discusses what this means going forward in terms of food logistics.