First time poster here and new to the group, been racking my brain since we got this thing on which direction to take it with so i will do my best to explain the situation. i did some researching on the topic throughout the site and came across a few helpful posts but still undecided.
We just purchased a new X-ray machine and placed it at the end of our production line, we products jams/jellies/spreads & sauces. its placed after all filling/capping/packaging steps other than being placed into cases, at the time it hits the x-ray machine the product is sealed in its container. I am having trouble deciding weather this needs to be an additional CCP for foreign material control, the current CCP to these products is PH, we have other controls in place for physical contaminants that have always sufficed for our audits but bringing the X-ray into place i want to make sure that we address it correctly for the HACCP side of things. From other's post on here i know it comes down to the hazard analysis and weather its controlling the hazard/risk any further or getting rid of it all together.I am just not sure weather its considered more of a monitoring activity/PRP or if it needs to be a CCP based off the fact that it is detecting foreign material further than any of our other controls are capable of being that it is x-ray and can see inside of the product whereas we cannot, though the controls prior make it more difficult to occur.
Looking at the CCP decision tree i am leaning towards yes it should be a CCP based off of the questions that the decision tree asks but wanted some others insight who may have already dealt with this.
Thanks for any and all help!