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#1 Tony Z

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:33 PM

Hello Everyone - We need some input for clarifying a clause in SQF Code 7.1, Module 13 with regards to Glass - We are a flexible packaging printer producing food packaging materials seeking SQF Level 1 certification currently working on our Glass Register and Policy - The clause 13.7.1.3 states " Containers, equipment, and other utensils made of glass, porcelain, etc. except for measurement instruments with glass dial covers, etc. shall not be permitted in food processing / contact zones" 

 

We have 2 large, tempered glass light tables that are used for overlay inspection of printed materials against Mylar proofs to ensure all words/ingredients are present (allergen control).- They are a common piece of equipment in the printing industry. My question is: are they allowed to be in areas in the pressroom if you look at the intent of the clause?. We also have an ink technician that is away from the presses, although still located in the pressroom that has a tempered glass work table and tempered mirror. 

 

Your input would be greatly appreciated!

 

Tony



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:09 PM

Hey Tony,

   So for SQF Code 7.1, Module 13, it states "food processing / contact zones." And since you're a packaging printer industry where you don't have any food contact zone, it seems like this is a special case where glass material may be allowed. But you should still have it registered in your glass register. And have it inspected and documented daily.

 

Moreover, glass is a big deal in SQF. Did you look into an alternative material for the tempered glass light tables? I do not know if glass is the only material used in these.

 

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Bill


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 03:43 AM

Dear TonyZ,

 

I suspect that, textually defined or not, you may well be auditorially judged by perceived risk assessment (or its absence). After all, that's what FS is all about ?. If unavoidable, will presumably be assessed by its control.

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 01:31 PM

Thanks Charles and Bill - we will consider seeing of we can replace the tempered glass however that my me difficult and $$$ - we certainly will put the glass on the register and do a risk assessment - From what I see, the risk will be low and will include it on possible the daily glass dial cover inspection required - as long as the operators are looking, it should be easy enough to check the table status - I think that should be enough for control and you're correct, it is not a food contact zone - simply in an area where food packaging materials are in use.

 

Tony


Edited by Tony Z, 28 May 2013 - 01:31 PM.





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