I have just joined a thermal processing plant and our team is currently revamping the HACCP plans and have now hit a road block.
Is this risk assessment valid?
We have a pressure vacuum monitor (PV monitor) that kicks out DUD (leakers/low vacuum) cans post process. In the past this step has been a QCP (potential hazard being the risk of outgrowth of spoilage micro-orgs) – last line of defense/point of check for the DUD cans.
Now pre-process, we do have a CCP - the 4 hourly can seam checks at the fill stations – and the control measure for this CCP is the PV monitor.
So when we complete a risk assessment, if we mention the PV monitor to be a control measure for the can seam checks, do we still risk assess the PV monitor as a QCP or as a PRP?
I believe this is a QCP (set of the PV monitor and the hourly challenge test we do), but my team think this should be downgraded to a PRP - justification being the PV monitor itself does not introduce any hazard.
Been hitting my head on the wall with this for days now.. may be am over thinking but definitely need a bit of help.. Help please guys?