We are BRC Packaging issue 5 Low Hygiene certified. One of our buildings is needing a High Hygiene certification.
I keep seeing articles and threads regarding the use of blades/knives in production. The thing I cannot find is who uses the one piece disposable "penguin" or "fish" style knives? Also, if we chose to use this style, do we still need to have a blade control and check out procedure?
I expect so, looking at clause high hygiene 220.127.116.11:
Sharp cutting instruments used in the manufacture of packaging materials shall be controlled to prevent product contamination. This shall include control into and out of the factory.
The interpretation guidelines for this clause goes on to say that the auditor will look for evidence of a working procedure for the control of sharp blades....signed record of the issue and return of all blades...control must be verified as part of internal audits.