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#1 JHJ


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 12:55 AM

Hi everyone,


I work as a QA Officer at a company that produces tofu.

We make both white tofu and a marinated tofu (which is white tofu marinated in soy sauce).


There have been many underweight white tofu recently and my boss would like to re-work them by slicing them and making them into our marinated tofu.


The issue here is that he wants to re-work white tofu which have been made on different days/batch numbers.


I told the boss that doing that will mean that there will be no way to trace the products original batch number AND if in any case there was a problem on the one of the batches of the white tofu that is re-worked, the entire batch of marinated tofu would also have to be discarded.


My boss thinks the likelihood of this happening is low and he'd still 'take the risk' of using 7 different batches of white tofu to produce the marinated product.


What do you guys think of this?


We're certified under SQF Level 3.






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Posted 23 October 2015 - 05:21 AM

Hi, JHJ;


It's not uncommon to do this, however just make sure your policy is as robust as your practice. A few things you will need to accomplish for pos. release:


  • Make sure you have a HACCP plan for rework (sounds crazy, but many companies neglect this large detail)
  • Create a 'work order' which lists all inputs into this new 'batch/lot'. This 'work order' accompanies all production, inspection, and shipping records.
  • Ensure that the finished goods are subject to all inspection and analysis (sec. 2.5).


Here is an example of a 'work order' we use at our facility:

Attached File  Work Order.docx   13.83KB   91 downloads

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:28 PM

"What do you guys think of this?"


I echo what Slab said.  Also, Topps Meat is no longer in business.  They had a rework recall problem.

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