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#1 Garymclean1

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 12:36 PM

Hi all,

 

In section 4.9.3.1 of the BRC standard, it talks about the controls of "non-production chemicals".

 

Can anyone define what is meant by "non-production chemicals" please?

 

For example, chemicals that we use for cleaning machines and equipment. Would they be classed as "non-production chemicals"?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Gary



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 01:00 PM

Production chemicals - additives, preservatives, etc., the chemicals you add to your products. Non-production chemicals - cleaners, sanitizers, maintenance, boiler, etc. - the ones you don't add to your products.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:36 PM

Just had a look at the interpretation guide section on this and it's not exactly illuminating!

As olenazh indicates, this is all the chemicals you have on site that aren't an "ingredient" in your product (which is presumably packaging). Cleaning, boiler etc chemicals are obvious ones, but those used for e.g. pest control can also be an easy one to get caught out on if your contractor forgets to put a copy of the relevant data sheet in the file ;)



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:44 PM

Just had a look at the interpretation guide section on this and it's not exactly illuminating!

As olenazh indicates, this is all the chemicals you have on site that aren't an "ingredient" in your product (which is presumably packaging). Cleaning, boiler etc chemicals are obvious ones, but those used for e.g. pest control can also be an easy one to get caught out on if your contractor forgets to put a copy of the relevant data sheet in the file ;)

You're right, pest control chemicals - but only if those're used inside production, which is doubtful. However, they'll need to include ones used outside, especially if they're stored in the facility, not brought by pest control service.



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:42 AM

You're right, pest control chemicals - but only if those're used inside production, which is doubtful. However, they'll need to include ones used outside, especially if they're stored in the facility, not brought by pest control service.

 

^^^^ Maybe not necessarily, eg Sprays, Glue Traps ? (No experience Packaging Production but I suspect rats, moulds, roaches are ubiquitous, eg section 4.11).

 

https://www.rentokil...-pests-in-food/

 

"Production" includes rooms whose occupants may routinely enter Production areas ?

 

IMEX (Food) it is usual to insist on official approval documentation for all chemicals used on-site by Pest Control Services..


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