I am assisting my company in obtaining AIB Consolidated Standard certificate for a Food Distribution/Storage Center. We are looking into purchasing a new facility so we can start fresh from the ground up, and I had some questions on facility layout concerning cross contamination.
I understand that only food grade products can be stored in the warehouse, and IF there are non-food items stored, they must be segregated properly in order to avoid any cross contamination or confusion.
Does this mean that we MUST have a wall or a door that completely separates food and non-food items or could we simply have a separate storage rack that is in a clearly defined and visible?
Basically, could we have a rack that contains basic non-hazardous materials stored elsewhere in the same facility, on a completely separate rack/area that is not divided by a wall or door?
I am referencing AIB Consolidated Standards for Food Distribution, sections on cross contamination: 1.23 1.3 and 1.4.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice on this!