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#1 Silvialima

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 07:50 PM

Hello everyone,

 

Does any of you have any good support documentation stating there is no potential of cross-contamination when Ready to Eat Items (e.g. vegetables) are stored next to Not Ready to Eat Items (e.g. raw meat) when they are correctly packaged? Thinking something from FDA or USDA or any scientific document. For me, this is just criteria, but one auditor observed this situation. For my corrective actions, I have to do a risk assessment, and I would like to include any good support documentation. 

 

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Silvialima

 

 



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 07:57 PM

I doubt that you will find any documentation. Aside from USDA guidelines for people in their own home.

www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/be-smart-keep-foods-apart/ct_index

 

www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/safe-food-storage.html

 

It's just good practice not to in a commercial setting................but if you can't avoid it make sure raw meat is stored on the bottom shelves


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 08:27 PM

If they are in the freezer, you may be able to find documentation. Like Scampi said, in the US it will say place meat, etc below all fruits and vegetables if necessary. 

 



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Posted 30 August 2018 - 09:01 AM

Hello everyone,

 

Does any of you have any good support documentation stating there is no potential of cross-contamination when Ready to Eat Items (e.g. vegetables) are stored next to Not Ready to Eat Items (e.g. raw meat) when they are correctly packaged? Thinking something from FDA or USDA or any scientific document. For me, this is just criteria, but one auditor observed this situation. For my corrective actions, I have to do a risk assessment, and I would like to include any good support documentation. 

 

Thanks!

 

Silvialima

 

Insufficient context.

 

It depends on what you mean by "correctly packaged"  and stored how/where ?

 

For example, IMEX for  frozen seafood, product packed/sealed in bags/boxes within outer master cartons clearly poses negligible risk of cross-contamination. So no restrictions IMEX. It's not exactly Rocket Science.

 

Where there are allergen considerations I anticipate the story may (rightly or wrongly) change again.


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Charles.C





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