I am new to the world of having to write policies and procedures. In our small grain facility, I have received numerous questionnaires from customers regarding Environmental & Pathogen Programs, Positive Release Programs, and Food Defense Programs. I have a few questions and hope to find answers here :)
#1 Seeing as we are not considered "food grade for human consumption", would a generic, broad basic plan for Environment & Pathogen Program work? (traffic control, dust control, separation of raw & finished product, and effective cleaning & sanitation)
#2 Positive release program....all outgoing loads are sampled, loads sealed w/a clean trailer form accompanying it, samples retained for 24 months, then all info entered on an accountability form...would these procedures constitute a positive release program?
and #3 Can someone explain how a food defense program differs from a GMP program and other policies and procedures?
There is so much information out there, I'm having difficulty sifting through it all. I'm sure I'm not alone on that....but for a "Newbie"....wowsa
So, in advance...thank you very much!!