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#1 lorlandini


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:40 PM



Have a quick question.


We are looking at adding a heat source to warm up our syrup room slightly during the winter months.  Currently we only have a cooling source that is HEPA filtered.


What type of heat source would be acceptable under SQF Module 11?


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:05 PM

It is hard to give advice without more detail.  If your syrup is in drums then there are drum warmers, my guess is that it is a bit more complex based on your cooling method, however we need more details to help. 

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 12:32 PM

My apologies for not providing enough detail.


We are a carbonated soft drink manufacture.  


We produce syrup ( treated water, flavorings, sweetener and acidulants, preservatives and other ingredients).  This syrup is blended in our mixing room in tanks with agitation.  This syrup is highly concentrated and then is blended with treated water and injected with carbon dioxide and chilled on a blending station which is in a separate room.


The mixing room is a separate room and currently does not contain a heat source, it does have a cooling source.  We are located in the Northeastern U.S.  


I could not find any SQF requirements regarding a heat source for a food mixing room.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:36 PM

Whats the purpose of the heating?  To help keep the syrup fluid or for worker comfort?

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 02:44 PM

You will not find any specifics about heat sources in SQF.


On the other hand what you will note are things like fume-off, example: forklift trucks that use propane and have an exhaust issue or an oil based heater that fumes - the auditor could write that up as a potential (or as a) contaminate.


So your fuel for heating could be natural gas, electric, steam generated etc.


What I have seen in some of our client operations that are in same/similar food section is natural gas and electric as the source for the heating system and electric combined with a large solar array to off-set the greater expense for their area.


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