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#1 robroy

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:04 AM

Does anyone have a validation protocol or recommendations to include in the protocal for an empty can rinser & inverter?

The air or water rinse with inversion of the empty packaging is used to control foreign bodies in the product (a CCP). However the type and size of foreign bodies that the various systems are able to control can vary. I am about to write a protocol and any recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:02 PM

Does anyone have a validation protocol or recommendations to include in the protocal for an empty can rinser & inverter?

The air or water rinse with inversion of the empty packaging is used to control foreign bodies in the product (a CCP). However the type and size of foreign bodies that the various systems are able to control can vary. I am about to write a protocol and any recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated.

 

Hi Robroy,

 

:welcome:

 

You would want to test by inserting the range of foreign bodies that could possibly contaminate the packaging and ensuring they are removed when passing through the rinser. Do you have a specification from the manufacturer of the rinser?

 

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Tony


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:13 PM

Hi robroy

 

We use air blowers in our facility for this, and there operation is visually checked twice a shift. The effciency of the blowers is also tested at least annually. IMEX whether using air or water to effectively control foriegn material contamination the following are guidelines we follow: The water must be potable or air must be clean and dry, Both systems should have enough force to remove any contaminates,and cans should be inverted to at least a 30 degree angle. The systems should have adquately sized drains to allow for foriegn material removal and have some type of catch screen to trap foriegn material for identification purposes. This trap should be checked at least daily.

Hope this helps you out, while writing up your own protocol.  


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:36 PM

Thanks. Yes, initially I am conducting a risk assessment on all potential foreign bodies in the process (the usual wood, plastic, paper, cardboard). The plan is to test x10 samples of each of the types of material (at various sizes).


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