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Posted 21 January 2017 - 02:00 PM

Hello,

 

I have a training this week related to the hygiene rules. I m wondering what can i give as an answer if they ask me why the perfume/aftershave are forbidden by BRC?

 

 

Any help please?



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:51 PM

Hello,

 

I have a training this week related to the hygiene rules. I m wondering what can i give as an answer if they ask me why the perfume/aftershave are forbidden by BRC?

 

 

Any help please?

 

Hi qm,

 

Issue a Company Policy that both are forbidden for employees who are involved with RAW MATERIAL HANDLING, PREPARATION,
PROCESSING, PACKING AND STORAGE AREAS.

 

If you actually want to know the BRC reason, maybe purchase the Interpretation Guidelines. Or maybe try this link  -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...on/#entry109321

 

 

IIRC a typical QA explanation is -

 

Food can very easily pick up taints, especially from substances that are designed for changing the sensory profile..


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 11:22 PM

Can taint or cause odor issues, especially with high hand to food contact.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:08 AM

I shall provide a reason by example:

 

Customer complaint received on bread: smells like perfume. 

 

During next site visit, hung out with staff and sniffed around… yup… staff were wearing perfume. 

 

The scent – particularly on the staff members that go on their breaks to “freshen up” - is quite strong and the vapours of the perfume chemical floats, some of it captured into the plastic bags that are opened by forced air to place the breads into it. 

 

Hence customer complaint of “my bread smells like perfume”. 

 

Since there, had a stringent policy that includes all body chemicals: perfume, aftershave, deodorant.  Staff were to wear minimal smelling deodorant for use.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:58 PM

I shall provide a reason by example:

 

Customer complaint received on bread: smells like perfume. 

 

During next site visit, hung out with staff and sniffed around… yup… staff were wearing perfume. 

 

The scent – particularly on the staff members that go on their breaks to “freshen up” - is quite strong and the vapours of the perfume chemical floats, some of it captured into the plastic bags that are opened by forced air to place the breads into it. 

 

Hence customer complaint of “my bread smells like perfume”. 

 

Since there, had a stringent policy that includes all body chemicals: perfume, aftershave, deodorant.  Staff were to wear minimal smelling deodorant for use.

 

 

Hi Qualitymanager,

 

That was a great example, MQA. A portion of our production deals with flour based mixes as well, and flour is one of the products where perfume or other odors will cause taint. Our company policy is just as Charles described above, and we also have to perform much stricter trailer inspections for outgoing product. If a vehicle has an odor other than smelling like an empty trailer, we have to reject it. Otherwise, all of our product is basically ruined. Therefore, it's very important we don't allow people to wear sprays and so forth with strong fragrances while working with product; regardless of the certification standard.

 

 

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:23 AM

What I find odd is that it's not consistent with the food standard; it's banned in BRC / IOP but only required to be "not excessive" in the food standard.  I have to say I find that odd.






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