We are food packaging manufacturer, supplying injection molded thin wall containers to food industries. In order to verify the hygiene standards implemented and fulfill the requirements we are planning to set a procedure detailing the micro biological tests carried out within the plant.
I appreciate the comments from experts detailing what kind of checks needs to be conducted. Water is supplied to the mold but there isn't any contact with the product. Further, Municipal water is provided to hygiene room provided at the entrance where employees wash their hands.
Is it mandatory that potable water to be supplied in this area and what kind of microorganisms are considered to be included while arranging the test?
Product is released from the mold using a vacuum and released later into the conveyor belt. I think ambient air quality of the plant and air used to release the product from vacuum need to be considered as well, even though, sterilized filters are used at the source.
I appreciate the comments of the experts that could be helpful for me to finalize the procedures defining all requirements.