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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:05 PM

Hi -


I am happy I found this group!  I have already found some answers I was looking for.


I am preparing a Food Safety Plan to meet FSMA requirements.  As we manufacture fuel and food grade ethanol there are very few food safety related hazards but regardless a plan must be in place.  Is there anyone here with experience in this commodity?  My experience is mainly in meat and ready to eat foods so I very much don't want to overshoot the requirements.


Is anyone aware of any generic models for this industry?  Not for the co-products (distillers grains, etc) but for the ethanol?


Thanks in advance!




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Posted 05 September 2017 - 10:14 PM

Hi Leslie,


There is not a lot out there having to do with ethanol producers. The beverage side a relatively small industry in terms of number of licensed distilleries.  High-proof alcohol is not a microbe's first choice for a long life.  As far as FSMA goes, take a look at 21 CFR Chapter 27, Sub-Chapter I - Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems, § 2206 Alcohol-Related Facilities.  If your plant is in Canada there may be other requirements for you that do not apply to distilled spirit plants in the States.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Hi Leslie,


For the production of food grade ethanol, I would suggest the following aspects to take into consideration:

  • Exclusion of presence of methanol or other alcohols than ethanol
  • Foreign body management
  • Avoidance of heavy metals
  • Food contact materials (avoidance of undesired substances from food contact materials)
  • Furthermore there are the environmental safety aspects (for example: dedicated storage, labeling and transport conditions)

I hope this gives a direction to what to look for.


Kind regards,


Gerard Heerkens

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