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#1 lorlandini

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:54 PM

Gang,

 

New to this forum and I must say what a wealth of information.  I have been in the beverage industry for over 29 years.

 

We are a beverage plant that uses glass bottles as the primary packaging along with crowns.  

 

We have a documented glass breakage procedure for the filling area, along with documented CCP records for bottle breakage during the filling process along with corrective action and distinct cleaning protocol.

 

Just a little confused on how to include this into our policy since glass is the primary package.

 

Any thoughts.

 

Thank you.

 

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 11:52 PM

In this case, your glass breakage procedure should fall under the scope of glass policy. The glass policy may state something like this :

 

Employees are not allowed to introduce any glass or brittle plastics in the production areas, except where absolutely necessary (examples: laboratory, break rooms, maintenance areas).

When glass and brittle plastics are approved for use, they are restricted to authorized personnel and adequate measures are taken to prevent breakage. No unprotected glass is permitted in production areas unless it is a tool used to perform a job and only comes as glass material. (source: American mushroom).

 

Write your glass breakage procedure here, underneath the policy.

 

In a nut shell, you want your employees to restrict usage of any type of glass other than your primary packaging.

 

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 03:54 AM

Hi Anki,

 

Based on previous threads here, I think "Policy" has various interpretations. Also "Procedure".

IMEX it's more usual to textually separate "Policy" and "Procedure" as per ISO format.

But i agree there is probably no fixed rule on this and sometimes there is likely to be logical overlap.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:42 PM

Hello Charles,

 

I agree, there is no fixed rule on policy and procedure. For example, quality and food safety policy is one document and then there are multiple procedures that are written subsequently to support that. Like in this case, Glass policy can be written on a separate document with an overview, and then a glass breakage procedure can be  referred. There's more than one way to skin a cat.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:13 AM

Hello Charles,

 

I agree, there is no fixed rule on policy and procedure. For example, quality and food safety policy is one document and then there are multiple procedures that are written subsequently to support that. Like in this case, Glass policy can be written on a separate document with an overview, and then a glass breakage procedure can be  referred. There's more than one way to skin a cat.

 

Indeed, the meaning of Quality may open yet another encyclopedia.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 08:41 AM

My company is the same, we mainly bottle sauces so the bulk of our packaging is glass. We have a policy in place which states no glass in production areas except for packaging. then there are control methods for storage (e.g storing separately from raw materials, other packaging and finished product) and handling (Specify route to take to lines, unwrap pallet one layer at a time) and steps to take in the event of a breakage (stop line, clean, dispose open product, check for debris before restarting, complete glass breakage report). We are an AA grade BRC company and the auditors have never picked up any non conformances with this x


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