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#1 Seville2012

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

Seeking advice on swabs samples collection for Equipment/Personnel hygiene verification as i need to change the micro sampling plan (we are involved in the maufacturing of chocolates,wafers,hard boiled candies & toffees)

which is more useful and value added sampling collection?

1.For equipment swabs - Online sampling(in between production process) or after cleaning & sanitation verification
2.For Personnel swabs - Online sampling (during the food handling time ) or after the hand wahing procedure



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

Hi Seville,

If the swab samples are taken for hygiene verification to know the effectiveness of cleaning and sanitation, then after C & S the sampling would be helpful. If you are validating the cleaning and sanitation procedures, then you would require both: before and after C & S.
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Seeking advice on swabs samples collection for Equipment/Personnel hygiene verification as i need to change the micro sampling plan (we are involved in the maufacturing of chocolates,wafers,hard boiled candies & toffees)

which is more useful and value added sampling collection?

1.For equipment swabs - Online sampling(in between production process) or after cleaning & sanitation verification
2.For Personnel swabs - Online sampling (during the food handling time ) or after the hand wahing procedure



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:31 AM

Dear Seville,

The usefulness of swab sampling of food contact surfaces may well depend on the specific situation, eg the location / “hazard” (eg APC, L.mono, S.aureus, allergen) / process steps (eg RTE/non-RTE) involved.

Most commonly, swab sampling is used to verify cleaning / sanitising operations with respect to the overall environment and personnel. In such cases it is preferred to be implemented at a frequency depending on risk assessment, eg via zoning techniques. It is also recommended to initially establish a baseline for assessing subsequent swab results , eg by comparing data both before/after a considered “satisfactory” CS operation.

Swab sampling can also be used to evaluate an entire FSMS system since, for example, results of in-process swab sampling can demonstrate variations in operational hygiene control. Sampling (non-microbiological) may also assist in verifying “critical” cleaning aspects such as allergen control.

This detailed example of an integrated scheme illustrates some of the (microbial) possibilities –

Attached File  assessing microbial performance of FSMS system 2009.pdf   952.18KB   227 downloads

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#4 Seville2012

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

Dear Geetanjali

Thanks for the info



#5 Seville2012

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

Dear Charles

Many thanks for the info,defenitely this would help a lot



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:23 AM

Thanks for the infoPosted Image+



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:26 PM

Thanks for the info...






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