I am looking for some advice. In the build up to BRC audit day I am reviewing all food contact equipment that we use and have come across an issue and was wondering if anyone ever had the same.
We currently use 316 stainless steel for pipework, mixing tanks and sieves. I was under the impression that 316 stainless was widely recognised as food grade however I can find no supporting documentation stating this. The other intriguing find was in the BRC interpretation guide (clause 4.6.2) which states the following;
"Where evidence to confirm the suitability of food contact equipment is not available and the contact material is not a recognised food-safe material (such as stainless steel), a documented risk assessment should be carried out to justify its use and ensure that it is not a food safety risk."
Does anyone else have a risk assessment stating that the stainless steel is suitable for use or am I following a rabbit down an unnecessary hole?
Many thanks for any information.