Section 18.104.22.168 of SQF requires that "Pre-operational hygiene and sanitation inspections shall be conducted by qualified personnel to ensure manufacturing and storage areas, staff amenities and sanitary facilities and other essential areas are clean."
What exactly is considered "pre-operational" for a 24/7 continuous process operation? Any insight on how to conform here?
I'm making flexible packaging on presses and huge extruders for food industry and have my first SQF audit in April 2014. We do monthly self inspections of all areas of our plant that look at GMPs, hygiene and sanitation by trained inspectors, and machine operators do inspections of production equipment at start of shift and job change overs to make sure all product contact surfaces are clean.
Would these inspections suffice or am I expected to shut my lines down to inspect out bathrooms between every job?