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#1 cosmos1


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:28 PM


I work at a pet food & pet shampoo manufacturer.  We produce oral care products for your dogs and cats.

These products freshen breath, remove tartar, etc. Its a very low risk product line.


We also manufacture shampoos & conditioners for your pooch.


Manufacture of the oral care line is on the left side of the building and the shampoo on the right.


For SQF, the suggestion is to paint lines designating the oral care area.  If personnel are working in this area then all policies and procedures pertaining to oral care  will be followed such as handwashing, no jewelry, hair restraints, etc.


If, however, if personnel are working in the shampoo area, 15 feet away, these procedures need not be followed.

It would be extremely obvious to anyone who walked on the floor the designation of the 2 areas.


What would the opinion be of an SQF auditor of this designation of the "food" area and "non-food"area? Has anyone run into this scenario before?




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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:33 PM

I'd put up a wall.  This way someone can't walk from one area to the other without hand washing and putting on their GMPs.  It would be a much better way to differentiate the two sections. 


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:38 PM

I have and it drove me crazy.  What made me crazier is that it didn't make anyone else crazy.  We had taped lines and everyone was okay with it.  The product line was extremely low risk.  Company did not go through GFSI but had some pretty big clients who were okay with it as well.  

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:53 PM

Could you change colors of smocks or hairnets to segregate visually? Just a thought.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 07:48 PM

The suggestion about walls or different colored smocks is good.  If your auditor is smart he will ask the same question:  how do you control the people if they can just walk over the paint lines.  The whole issue is about maintaining different food safety control measures in different areas.  You would likely need to prove to your auditor that whatever you use you can guarantee that anyone in the oral care area has followed all the proper procedures.

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