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#1 Rol Natty

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 06:50 PM

We are producing mango juice there is an electrical down problem during production some of the juice in blending tank and in UHT tunnel on the pipes now almost 12 hours ago until now so what action should i take and shall i have to be produce it



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Posted 05 May 2020 - 07:02 PM

We are producing mango juice there is an electrical down problem during production some of the juice in blending tank and in UHT tunnel on the pipes now almost 12 hours ago until now so what action should i take and shall i have to be produce it

 

Buy a generator

Segregate and prepare a taste evaluation panel.


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Posted 05 May 2020 - 07:39 PM

We have a generator but we have some problem also on that Can i produce it after three days production stop also and quarantine it and test it the juice or i have to drain it



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Posted 06 May 2020 - 12:04 AM

Well...if you lose power can you ensure sterility is maintained?  You mentioned UHT so I'm assuming you are producing aseptically?

 

If you can maintain sterility without power then do as Charles pointed out.

 

Any portion that is not sterile will have to be discarded, unless you have a way to control the temperature at refrigeration.



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Posted 06 May 2020 - 07:14 AM

Hi, 

 

Ok, so forigve me as i have no knowledge or experience when it comes to this sort of production, i work in a low risk one product place.

 

However my brain is telling me: i would definitely not want to use this juice. 

 

Don't look at things from a point of view of 'can i do it? can i get away with it? will it be alright?'

Look at it as an AUDITOR - if you have a gap in your records because electricity was down, an auditor may begin to question what was done is this time, where are the records to show what you did with the product, etc. etc. 

 

I would be very careful with this. 



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Posted 06 May 2020 - 07:46 AM

As others have pointed out - you'll probably need to immediately dispose of part of it if it's supposed to be aseptic/UHT.

The remaining balance will depend on the storage conditions and the formulation. It is entirely possible to safely store juice in tanks for in some cases a couple of years, but only where suitable controls are in place ;)

We have a phased plan for this type of scenario, more aimed at equipment rather than power failure, whereby there is a defined period in which the juice is known to be ok, then a defined period of sampling every x minutes (determined by product/tank/temperature), up to a limit where a decision needs to be made in terms of alternate use/storage arrangement (e.g. blast freezing, or transfer to an alternative line) or disposal.

It's difficult to advise on specific time indications for these because there are too many unknown variables. For a basic tank with no cooling, no aseptic status, no nitrogen blanketing etc then three days may well be optimistic. Even if you decide it is appropriate to dispose of the material, it's worth doing some sampling and analysis as the data could be useful for informing decisions in future.






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