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#1 Sawad

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:37 AM

Hi All,

 

We are Hypermarket chain. For our fresh food areas we are using chlorine tablets for the sanitation of the cutting boards (1tablet/8 Ltr water - 120 PPM - Duration :- over night keeping) &  using chlorine checking strips to  monitor the PPM of the water before putting the cutting boards. 

We not maintaining any records for the practice as it not our PRP/OPRP. 

 

The practice is like this 

 

1. Before closing the shop all the using cutting boards are washed & keeping inside the water (after checking the PPM).

2.The next morning before starting the work all the cutting boards are removed from the water and rinse & keep for drying then using as normal.

 

In our recent re-certification audit our auditor pointed out that we have to maintain record for the cutting board sanitation & must keep a third party verification test report for the chlorine residue. 

 

Do we need to maintain a record for the practice. & does it  require a chemical test for the cutting boards.



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 06:53 AM

Hi Sawad

 

Regardless this step is your PRP/OPRP. or not. It is an important step in your operations so auditor is right that you must keep the record of sanitation operations however, there is no need for third part verification report. your record should be detailed enough to show that operations is carried our under the required chlorine level condition

 

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:26 AM

Hi Sawad

 

Regardless this step is your PRP/OPRP. or not. It is an important step in your operations so auditor is right that you must keep the record of sanitation operations however, there is no need for third part verification report. your record should be detailed enough to show that operations is carried our under the required chlorine level condition

 

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 01:20 PM

Hi All,

 

We are Hypermarket chain. For our fresh food areas we are using chlorine tablets for the sanitation of the cutting boards (1tablet/8 Ltr water - 120 PPM - Duration :- over night keeping) &  using chlorine checking strips to  monitor the PPM of the water before putting the cutting boards. 

We not maintaining any records for the practice as it not our PRP/OPRP. 

 

The practice is like this 

 

1. Before closing the shop all the using cutting boards are washed & keeping inside the water (after checking the PPM).

2.The next morning before starting the work all the cutting boards are removed from the water and rinse & keep for drying then using as normal.

 

In our recent re-certification audit our auditor pointed out that we have to maintain record for the cutting board sanitation & must keep a third party verification test report for the chlorine residue. 

 

Do we need to maintain a record for the practice. & does it  require a chemical test for the cutting boards.

 

Hi Sawad,

 

Standard = ?

 

Boards are PE ?

 

You typically need to validate / verify yr Cleaning-Sanitising  Procedure, eg via ATP or micro data.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 01:25 PM

So you are questioning the Auditor finding?

 

Regardless - yes, your Auditor is correct.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:34 PM

HARegardless of what standard you have, Record keeping is a MUST. You need evidence of monitoring procedures! Do you know the 7th principle of HACCP ? 


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Posted 27 November 2019 - 05:31 AM

Actually we have been certified by the B.V for

 

Hi Sawad,

 

Standard = ?

 

Boards are PE ?

 

You typically need to validate / verify yr Cleaning-Sanitising  Procedure, eg via ATP or micro data.

we are conducting food test in every month. Food, water & surface swabs. In surface swabs we include knifes, cutting boards, equipments, food contacting surfaces like table top etc. So far no failures in the food test (surface swabs). The only thing we didint maintain is the record. and also was wondering does it requires chemical residue test for the cutting board.



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:50 AM

I am not sure whether  test strips that measure 120 ppm are available in  India, for chlorine.  I think they are multiples of 50. 



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 03:25 PM

Actually we have been certified by the B.V for

 

we are conducting food test in every month. Food, water & surface swabs. In surface swabs we include knifes, cutting boards, equipments, food contacting surfaces like table top etc. So far no failures in the food test (surface swabs). The only thing we didint maintain is the record. and also was wondering does it requires chemical residue test for the cutting board.

 

Hi sawad,

 

It's often done to swab hands also.

 

I assume "no failures" means swab data complies with Indian Standard.

 

I also wondered how you confirm 120 ppm ?. IMEX  DPD/colorimeter test tablets are necessary.

 

The chemical residue seems excessive  but maybe relates to the specific nature of the chlorine tablet ? Or was added to be nit-picky.

 

If the micro data is OK, yr auditor should be happy anyway.


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 05:31 AM

Hi sawad,

 

It's often done to swab hands also.

 

I assume "no failures" means swab data complies with Indian Standard.

 

I also wondered how you confirm 120 ppm ?. IMEX  DPD/colorimeter test tablets are necessary.

 

The chemical residue seems excessive  but maybe relates to the specific nature of the chlorine tablet ? Or was added to be nit-picky.

 

If the micro data is OK, yr auditor should be happy anyway.

We are using chlorine test trips for checking the chlorine. The strip shows color change  depending on the PPM, multiples of 50 and indicating the color change in the strips. if between 100 & 150. 

We doing hand swabs also. 



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 05:33 AM

I am not sure whether  test strips that measure 120 ppm are available in  India, for chlorine.  I think they are multiples of 50. 

I am in Bahrain. Yes the strips are in multiples of 50PPM (color change). We checking if its between 100 & 150. 



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 11:57 AM

I am in Bahrain. Yes the strips are in multiples of 50PPM (color change). We checking if its between 100 & 150. 

 

TBH, if yr test paper is similarly coloured to what I have used, I would say 120ppm is guesswork. :smile:

Nonetheless I doubt that there is much sanitizing difference in the range 100-150 ppm anyway.

(it might be worth checking what the ppm is at the end of soaking, you may get a surprise),


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Posted 30 November 2019 - 05:28 AM

TBH, if yr test paper is similarly coloured to what I have used, I would say 120ppm is guesswork. :smile:

Nonetheless I doubt that there is much sanitizing difference in the range 100-150 ppm anyway.

(it might be worth checking what the ppm is at the end of soaking, you may get a surprise),

Yes its a guess work. I didnt check at the end of the soaking period. But I have kept the water with the tablets and checked for at regular intervals to ensure there would be any color change. But didnt get any color change ( kept the water for 1 day. )

Any way will check at the end of the cycle. 






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