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#1 brianweber

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 06:27 PM

We manufacture cardboard cylinder containers. such as grease tubes, caulk tubes etc.. We also do food grade containers also. We do not interchange the lines. It is either 100% food grade or not at all. My question is that during an audit how is the auditor going to look at the lines? I have done risk analysis/assessment and there is no risk for cross contamination, however will an auditor see that the same way? Any insight would be appreciated!


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 07:11 PM

If I understand correctly, you have production lines separately dedicated to food grade / non food grade in the process in manufacturing. If your risk assessment also includes issuance of materials, e.g., no chance of crossing up there (even packaging/labeling), as well as cleanup activities that may be in common, I would think you have been thorough enough to defend your position. 


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 07:17 PM

You are correct. In all the machinery i have had them go to food grade lubricants. Pretty much everything is food grade except for the compressed air on the line, i have a filtration system on the food grade lines, and I do not require the folks to wear latex gloves. As far as materials, I treat all material as though it is food grade just for the simplicity of storage compared to having to dedicate 2 separate areas for storage. Thank you for your help!


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 07:47 PM

Yes, I didn't think of the air lines. Good job!

 

And QC checks that the food grade finished goods always go into the food grade packaging, etc. is what I meant by packaging materials.


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 07:53 PM

Our shipping material/packaging is all the same. We use compressed air for quite a few things. I test it on a yearly basis.


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:39 PM

Ah. Well done! Best I can tell you've got it covered!


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