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Clause 2.2.5 - Allergen Management Risk Assessment for Raw Materials

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:18 AM

BRC-IOP new version is looking for the risk assessment of allergens subheading chemical contamination. How can we decide what must be assessed about the raw materials? 
2.2.5 The hazard and risk analysis team shall identify and record all potential hazards that are reasonably
expected to occur at each step in relation to the product and process. The hazards considered shall
include, where relevant:
• foreign objects
• legality
• chemical contamination (e.g. taint, odour, allergen, component transfer from inks, varnishes and
• hazards that may have an impact on the functional integrity and performance of the final product in
• potential for unintended migration of substances from the packaging material into food or other
hygiene-sensitive product.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 11:57 AM

We found some useful information on the internet, including example 'Food Allergen Risk Assessment'. These are all based around 'The Fourteen Allergens'


It includes such as:

Are any known food allergens used in products?

Are any known food allergens used in product packaging?


If you answer yes, you need to determine what actions can be taken to minimise contamination of your product.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 12:50 PM

Allergens can creep into your operation in unexpected and obscure ways so be prepared to look quite widely.


Look at your own operation - are there any allergens on site? Less obvious examples are processing aids (eg., in some printing sectors starch based materials are used for anti set off powders- check they are not wheat based) lubricants (they may be food grade but do they contain ground nut oil?) Pest control baits etc.


Survey your raw material suppliers - do the materials contain any allergens, are allergens used in their operations? Some adhesives are wheat based


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When you know what allergens are on site, you can then evaluate the potential risk of product contamination by the normal likelihood & severity techniques.


It is probable that there will minimal risk, but without doing the groundwork, you cannot say for certain.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:38 PM

For example, peanuts in the vending machines. :smile:

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