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s. 5.9 BRC Packaging

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#1 Blue Lou

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:19 PM

Hi everyone

This is my first post and just want to say that I refer to this site almost daily which is a testament to what a great resource it is!

I am the HACCP Lead for our organization which manufactures direct food contact labels.  We are in the process of preparing for our first BRC Global Packaging certification audit.

 

The raw material we order to manufacture our labels comes in large rolls with blank labels and food safe adhesive already applied.  The labels and adhesive (obviously being the highest risk) are rolled face down so they're not exposed.  When the rolls come in they are not unpacked (i.e. plastic packaging is not removed) until they are required to be used for manufacturing the labels and at that time they are taken from storage and unwrapped by the production stagers.  When a production job is complete, they return the unused portion of the label roll to the raw materials storage area and the rolls are not repacked in plastic to protect them.  While conducting a process flow verification on staging this week, my colleague and I discussed this and he is of the opinion that because the labels and adhesive are not exposed, that when we document our risk assessment that it should show that there is no or little risk to the food contact labels.

 

I disagree and believe that leaving the rolls uncovered provides vulnerability to contamination by dust, sneezing employees, etc.  In addition, s. 5.9 of the Standard seems clear on this.

 

Would greatly appreciate your opinions on this - especially anyone who is in the food contact label business.  Thanks:)


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 03:02 AM

Hi everyone

This is my first post and just want to say that I refer to this site almost daily which is a testament to what a great resource it is!

I am the HACCP Lead for our organization which manufactures direct food contact labels.  We are in the process of preparing for our first BRC Global Packaging certification audit.

 

The raw material we order to manufacture our labels comes in large rolls with blank labels and food safe adhesive already applied.  The labels and adhesive (obviously being the highest risk) are rolled face down so they're not exposed.  When the rolls come in they are not unpacked (i.e. plastic packaging is not removed) until they are required to be used for manufacturing the labels and at that time they are taken from storage and unwrapped by the production stagers.  When a production job is complete, they return the unused portion of the label roll to the raw materials storage area and the rolls are not repacked in plastic to protect them.  While conducting a process flow verification on staging this week, my colleague and I discussed this and he is of the opinion that because the labels and adhesive are not exposed, that when we document our risk assessment that it should show that there is no or little risk to the food contact labels.

 

I disagree and believe that leaving the rolls uncovered provides vulnerability to contamination by dust, sneezing employees, etc.  In addition, s. 5.9 of the Standard seems clear on this.

 

Would greatly appreciate your opinions on this - especially anyone who is in the food contact label business.  Thanks:)

 

After reading your post, i do have to agree with you. Leaving them open to the general air allows them to be contaminated as you stated.

 

i have attached some images from our facility to show you how we store our items.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:18 PM

We use rolls of film for making packets of sauce.  Any rolls that are not used up are wrapped up in plastic to protect from any contamination.  


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:44 PM

We process all raw materials the same: re-wrap unused portion, and re-identify unused portion prior to storage (ideally the lot number follows the raw mats until the whole lot is done being used). This also protects the printable surface of labels, preventing this damage to unused labels could also save your some dimes.

 

Best of luck to you and your team !!
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