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    Charles.C has posted in Auditor's Acronym - "SAS", Meaning = ? in SQF Food.
    Safe and Sound ?
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    Charles.C has posted in How to control salmonella in flour and what should be done if it is detected? in Food Microbiology.
    Hey, can you please send regulations regarding Salmonella? How salmonella is controlled in flour and what should be done if it is detected in flour? Br, Aija.   Hi Aija,   It's a well...
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    Charles.C has posted in Allergens control for Paperboard process in BRC/IOP Global Standard - Food Packaging.
    Hi everyone! I have been wondering about an important topic these days: During the corrugation process for paperboard production we normally use WHEAT STARCH for glue preparation. So, what kind o...
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    Franco León has started Allergens control for Paperboard process in BRC/IOP Global Standard - Food Packaging.
    Hi everyone!I have been wondering about an important topic these days:During the corrugation process for paperboard production we normally use WHEAT STARCH for glue preparation.So, what kind of all...
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      Hi everyone!
      I have been wondering about an important topic these days:
      During the corrugation process for paperboard production we normally use WHEAT STARCH for glue preparation.
      So, what kind of allergen controls would you suggest in order to mitigate the risk of cross contamination?
      Even more, what kind of documents or analysis should I require to my starch suppliers?
       
      All the best,
      Franco

      Hi Franco,

       

      You are maybe worrying about too many things.

       

      Risk = ?

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    Charles.C has posted in High TVC count in mains water in Food Microbiology.
    The water was tested at point of use, hand washing stations.   Tests were for Total aerobic colony 22°c & 37°c, coliforms, e.coli, presumptive CL perfringens, enterococci.   all other t...
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    Has anyone had to deal with pockmarked concrete in their facility, such as the attached picture? The holes do not go more than 1/3 inch into the wall, and were caused by improperly settled concre...
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    Charles.C has posted in EMP - Floor Drains? in SQF Food.
    Hello folks!  Our team is getting mixed information regarding swabbing of floor drains for pathogens.  They are a direct indicator of Listeria in an area since they are the final point...
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    SQFconsultant has posted in Traceability in SQF Packaging.
    The first question is... did you include this non food contact in your scope. Assuming you did - you should contact your CB and request an annex/exemption for this packaging. This will of course...
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    jkmaloney has started Traceability in SQF Packaging.
    Currently our facility is certified to the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacture of Food Packaging. Not all products produced in our plant are sold to "food manufactures", specifically some of our p...
    • SQFconsultant

      The first question is... did you include this non food contact in your scope.

      Assuming you did - you should contact your CB and request an annex/exemption for this packaging.

      This will of course require you make changes to your scope but also every single piece of documentation that that includes it.

      We have a packaging company as a client and that is what they did.

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    SQFconsultant has posted in EMP - Floor Drains? in SQF Food.
    We had a lab come in and map out and train staff for swabbing and discussion of all applicable regulations, etc. That way no more "what others said" situations.
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    Sand down, followed by glazing and seal.   I was the resident "expert" for flooring and wall issues with a large club type store chain and then same application for a hotel chain  - your...
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    The idea is that stuff is not being tracked from the outside to the inside of the facility.   These of late have been accepted by SQF conducting audits at your SQF client facilties...   C...
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    I only know of the acronym "SAS"... assuming the Auditor used it by the letters and not spoken as a slang word - here is the meaning...   Refers to a semi-sterile industrial installations. Use...
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    Listeria can travel all over the place. It is not always found in drains, but can hide there if they are not cleaned and maintained. Drains are always a scary thing to swab. If they are not properl...
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    A valid and good EMP program will include swabbing of drains.  It is completely nonsense to NOT swab the drain because you will "always" find listeria in the drain.  No, this is invalid,...
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    You will need to conduct a risk assessment to determine your actual risk.  For one thing, listeria is found in soil / dirt so gravel over soil / dirt is not the best thing for parking lots and...
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    Ryan M. has posted in SAS in SQF Food.
    I have no idea.  You probably should have asked your auditor.  If you still have communication with your auditor why not send an email to ask, I would.  I've run into issues with aud...
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    During our SQF audit, our Auditor who came from French Speaking areas, keep saying the word SAS. Can anyone help me to clarify what's the full term of SAS?   Thanks.
    • SQFconsultant

      I only know of the acronym "SAS"... assuming the Auditor used it by the letters and not spoken as a slang word - here is the meaning...
       
      Refers to a semi-sterile industrial installations. Used to describe rooms with medium to high level controls on/for air quality - could be used in short sentences at a food facility for instance such as...
       
      SAS capsule filing room (referring to pharma, vitamin/mineral supplements, etc.)
      SAS entrance and exit doorways or doors
      SAS manufacturing room.
      etc. 
      etc.

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      Safe and Sound ?

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