We were recently inspected by the FDA. While the inspector did not officially cite us for any violations, we were advised that the hoses connected to our chemical mixing stations did not meet regulations because they were below the water line and could cause "contamination".
To explain this more clearly, we have 3-compartment sinks in our processing rooms to wash small parts, utensils, etc. We have an automated mixing station that pumps the cleaning or sanitizing agent to the appropriate sink premixed at the right strength. The mixing station has a backflow device so that was not the issue. The inspector was concerned that the outside of the hose would become dirty and contaminate the water. Following that logic, the whole sink and water is dirty from the minute you wash the first utensil or equipment part. That is why you have 3 compartments, and you empty and refill when needed - duh. Our crew is very diligent, and sinks and hoses are cleaned whenever the sinks are emptied.
Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? We are planning to mount the hoses to the sink and cut the length above the water line to appease the inspectior, but I am getting push back from maintenance. Any advice? Am I missing a piece of the puzzle?
As always, thanks for your input.