Could use some help on this topic. Our company is SQF Food Safety and Quality and we are food packaging (plastic film, shrink, and also spice casing)
Our recent auditor told us we really need to beef up our Environmental Monitoring Program. We currently swab ATP weekly and swab our drains weekly for listeria through a third party lab.
I'd like to start swabbing food contact/non-food contact surfaces using the EZ sponges that we use for listeria.
My question is how often should these zones be tested? We will still swab our machines with the ATP swabs weekly but is it necessary to test drains for listeria weekly as well? Could someone show an example of their program? My previous company used to send 3 food contact surfaces, 3 non food contact surfaces, and 2 drains done quarterly.
Any insight would help. Thanks!