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#1 marie246

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:34 PM

Hello All,

 

We are a 3PL distribution warehouse and store several different commodities, 90% of our storage are Allergens and the rest of the items are non-allergens. We do label our allergen products, but not everything because all of our products are customer supplied so they do not want us sticking labels on their product.  My question is would it make more sense to display signs in our warehouse stating Entering area that stores Allergens such as soy, nuts, milk and etc.  and label our NON-Allergen products and label NON Allergen Storage racks?  In order to label every pallet would become a full time job.  There is no exposed product at anytime.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:06 AM

Hi marie,

 

i have one query -

 

Who (if anyone/anyFS Standard) is going to audit yr system/warehouse ?. The reason is that many standards have specific requirements.


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:14 AM

My understanding in case of allergen management, the requirement is to segregate allergen from non-allergens and also segregate allergens of different type to avoid potential for cross contamination between any of these and to achieve this identification between important not only for allergen & non-allergen but also different types of allergen. To achieve this you can dedicate storage or use movable signs/ displays also or different color coding or any other means, all are exceptable as long as you can successfully manage it, 



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 12:02 AM

Hi marie,

 

i have one query -

 

Who (if anyone/anyFS Standard) is going to audit yr system/warehouse ?. The reason is that many standards have specific requirements.

Hi Charles,

 

No there are no specific requirements from any organization.  We are audited by our customer(Costco) through a third party audit agency.  Allergen control is always addressed.  I was thinking if we just identify or label the non allergen and post a sign upon entering our warehouse no entering an allergen zone and list the allergens and continue to keep the non allergen product in a specific area.



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:44 AM

hi marie,

 

Based on other threads in this forum, I think Costco typically do specify their requirements. "Somewhere". Whether the information available is sufficiently comprehensible to be usable is a secondary issue.

 

Difficult to see how you can achieve effective segregation without some kind of allergen demarcation /  identification system, eg on the racking.

A previous thread here was using colour coding on the cartons but clearly unlikely to be popular with some customers.


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 02:09 AM

Hi Charles,

I was reviewing our audit and there are no specifics as to what standards they are following other than food safety GMP's.  Because our product is all customer supplied it would be literally impossible to label every single pallet that arrives at our dock.  We do not packaging we just store.  Our customers do not want us to apply labels to their pallets.  It would be easier to label the Non-Allergen products with bright labels and segregate and identify the Non Allergen product. Kind of a unique case.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 03:49 AM

Hi marie,

 

Indeed the typical allergen query/criticism in the various Costco audit specs on IT seems to be something like -

 

There are no allergen risks handled or stored within production and storage areas?

 

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 Food allergens are present and an allergen control program has not been developed.

 

 

Unfortunately not many posters here seem to be working with Costco.

 

PS - i noticed that Costco accept Certificates for GFSI-recognised FS Standards. You might also search the SQF forum since I recall queries like yours have been discussed there. The voluminous SQF guidance material may also have some suggestions.

 

PPS - also note this parallel (BRC) thread -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...ng/#entry105222


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Charles.C





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