Thank you for your help
Can you direct me to an effective environment monitoring program document please
We manufacture an inhouse brand, which is then packed into their packaging and sent to their warehouses for dispatch to their stores. all our packaging declares that the product needs to be cooked.
We have no drains in the factory at all. When we clean our machines, the water is decanted into a holding vessel and discarded down a sink in our scullery that has a sieve to catch solids which are discarded.
I know its highly unlikely for there to be listeria in our factory due to the products we manufacture and our processes. However I know for sure my auditor will ask me "How do you know for sure that you can not have it in your factory if you have not done tests to prove its non existence"
I guess I just need to have a paper trail to prove it. Which would include Micro tests that are done.
however would you have a template for a Listeria risk assessment, or would you be able to list possible areas that listeria can be found so that I can cross check it against my list ?
Conducting a Risk assessment could be the best route to follow. Your risk assessment could be backed by an effective policy Environment Monitoring Program, inclusive of Listeria monitoring, particularly in drains.
Do you supply directly to consumers or it goes to another processor in the supply chain (retail/Bulk-Wholesale)?
If you supply retail, packaging and documentation must reflect that the product is to be cooked before consumption. If you supply to another processor, the specifications should reflect that this is an untreated (microbial) product and the buyer understands the status of the product.