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#1 emilyheld12

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:17 PM

I'm new to the confectionery industry and working on an Allergen Control Policy for the facility.  We have 4 lines and enrobe a variety of tree nuts, peanut butter, crackers & cookies (wheat allergen),  whipped creme & marshmallow (egg allergen) as well as non-allergenic product.  Every product manufactured is labeled with a consumer alert stating all allergens used in the facility.

 

We are a small company with limited resources, what is the best way to avoid cross contamination on the enrobing equipment?  One idea was to have a dedicated line handle all nut products, but would a full clean-up need to take place between each type of nut?  Our equipment is 20+ years old and not the easiest to clean. Any suggestions or advice are much appreciated!

 

 


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 04:06 AM

I'm new to the confectionery industry and working on an Allergen Control Policy for the facility.  We have 4 lines and enrobe a variety of tree nuts, peanut butter, crackers & cookies (wheat allergen),  whipped creme & marshmallow (egg allergen) as well as non-allergenic product.  Every product manufactured is labeled with a consumer alert stating all allergens used in the facility.

 

We are a small company with limited resources, what is the best way to avoid cross contamination on the enrobing equipment?  One idea was to have a dedicated line handle all nut products, but would a full clean-up need to take place between each type of nut?  Our equipment is 20+ years old and not the easiest to clean. Any suggestions or advice are much appreciated!

 

Dear emilyheld,

 

Basically an allergen / risk assessment (avoidance) situation. You need to define the particular allergens involved then analyse the flow.

 

It may depend on your location from a legislatory POV. And any prospective standards involved.

 

You may find this current thread of interest - http://www.ifsqn.com...rix/#entry61883

 

And (similar process) -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...ion/#entry60887

(eg see file m2 in my post)

 

And many other allergen threads here.

 

And perhaps the allergen management section of this standard work -

Attached File  Industry_Handbook_for_Safe_Processing_of_Nuts_1st_Edition_22Feb10.pdf   1.52MB   33 downloads

 

Rgds / Charles.C


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