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Posted 18 September 2018 - 04:22 PM

We have recently went through an audit and they wanted a Drain Back procedure.  We have a back flow procedure, that is not what she was looking for.  She wanted a procedure for if the drains did not work.  What we would do.  Any thoughts?



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 04:26 PM

What code?  SQF/BRC


My auditor alluded to the same thing, but did not specifically ask for it (SQF)


If you've ever had it happen, it's probably worth having a written procedure


facility i was at previously had it happen frequently (feathers from a mat in drains) so I added drain snaking to the PM plan and employees were trained on procedures (stop line notify supervisor etc)

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 04:46 PM

Thank you that helps.

It is for one of our customers. 

Not even SQF or BRC


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 03:10 PM

We have a Special Events program that references roof leaks, floor drain back ups, or sewage/toilet back ups.  In the program it references general clean up; then we have specific PM's as mentioned above to address the specific issue. 

Example from Program:


All affected food equipment, utensils, food products, food contact zones, walls, floors and/or ceiling areas that are affected will be placed on hold. If necessary an entire area will be placed on hold until a determination can be made on the disposition.  The Quality Director and/or Plant Management are responsible for conducting both initial and ongoing assessments to ensure consistent compliance with food safety requirements.

Unaffected areas of the establishment may remain open while repairs/recovery take place. Minimize traffic from affected areas to unaffected food areas.

roof leak, floor drain back up, sewage/toilet back up:

  • All damaged food equipment, utensils, linens, and single-service items must be destroyed and properly disposed of.  
  • Floors, walls, utensils, and equipment damaged beyond salvage must be removed and replaced as necessary.
  • Affected walls, floors, and equipment surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water, rinsed, and sanitized.
  • Wear eye protection and rubber boots that can be washed and sanitized after the event
  • Remove wet materials. Dispose of any materials that cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
  • Remove any standing water.
  • Clean and sanitize any utensils and equipment in the affected area.
  • Use a detergent solution to clean floors, equipment, and other affected areas followed by a clean water rinse.
  • Sanitize the floor and any other affected areas by using an approved chlorine sanitizer/disinfectant to equal 500 parts per million chlorine solution or equivalent.
  • Air-dry the affected area.
  • Discard mop heads and other cleaning aids

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 04:14 PM



Do you think that they are talking about Sewage Back Flow?  This is how we addressed it:


Attached File Sewage Back-up Protocol.docx   14.6KB   28 downloads

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