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#1 Dahmun


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:12 PM

Hi All,


Upper management is considering the idea of filling both liquid detergent (dishwashing liquid) and beverages in the same filling line and ensuring complete rinsing and validation of rising so as one will not contaminate the next.

​I know HACCP requirements speaks to the use of approved chemicals in approved concentrations.


Can anyone weigh in on this, whether it is a good or bad idea for food safety or process flows based on gravity fill equipment (tribloc filler) and the difference between viscosity of beverages and liquid detergents?


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#2 Gerard H.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 12:35 PM

Dear Dahmun,


Theorically it is possible. You can rinse the system, until there is no more detergent rest in it anymore.


There are good indicators on the markets to detect low detergent rests, so that you can carry out your line release.


However, the idea is scary (probably the reason, why you have asked it here). 1 miss is sufficient to find yourself in a recall situation, which is probably more expensive than to invest in an extra filling unit.


Kind regards,


Gerard Heerkens

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#3 CMHeywood


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:48 PM

Recently there was a company in Wisconsin that was doing the same thing.  I believe they got a warning letter from the FDA - possibly a cease and desist type order.

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