Tried replying to an older thread and didn't get any hits back. Apologies for "doubling up".
We are a paper converting company and deal with some food grade papers, and so we are pursuing SQF certification in fall of this year. Had a question regarding employees and lunch boxes that I hope we can get some assistance with.
Our employee entrance currently is adjacent to the employee parking lot. From the moment you enter this door, you're in a production zone. When they enter the building in the morning, no machines are active. They carry their lunch boxes through a production area, then a warehouse area, then enter the break room where they place their lunch boxes and prepare for our morning staff meetings. My question is this: will a risk assessment that determines lunch boxes (no Walmart plastic bags, etc) with a zipper or Velcro enclosure only are approved suffice to allow these to pass through these zones? And what about employees that want to eat their lunch in their car and pass back through during production hours?
Looking forward to your advice and wisdom.