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How many Pre-op ATP swabs I should take?


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#1 vpatel1926

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 03:47 PM

We are a pickle manufacturer just wondering how many zone 1 items need to be swabbed for ATP before production. There are about 50 zone 1 items in total, knives, kettles, buckets, trays, mandolins and more.  



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Posted 25 August 2020 - 07:53 PM

We are a pickle manufacturer just wondering how many zone 1 items need to be swabbed for ATP before production. There are about 50 zone 1 items in total, knives, kettles, buckets, trays, mandolins and more.  

 

I think it depends on how you describe it on your sop. For our company we swab two areas for zone 1. 



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Posted 27 August 2020 - 10:59 AM

We are a pickle manufacturer just wondering how many zone 1 items need to be swabbed for ATP before production. There are about 50 zone 1 items in total, knives, kettles, buckets, trays, mandolins and more.  

 

For FDA or USDA ? or ?

 

No Micro ?


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Posted 28 August 2020 - 08:56 PM

In my experience with ATP swabbing, I remember doing 10 zone 1 sites a day in the morning. [retests were performed as needed]. ATP swabbing is a great way to observe your sanitation process. You could probably start with a higher number and work your way down with historical data proving to be good and clean. I would ask your FDA, USDA, or Auditing Agent what they recommend for your facility, if you still have not been able to come to a number. They should be able to help provide a good insight, and you will also be following guidelines! 



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Posted 29 August 2020 - 05:32 AM

In my experience with ATP swabbing, I remember doing 10 zone 1 sites a day in the morning. [retests were performed as needed]. ATP swabbing is a great way to observe your sanitation process. You could probably start with a higher number and work your way down with historical data proving to be good and clean. I would ask your FDA, USDA, or Auditing Agent what they recommend for your facility, if you still have not been able to come to a number. They should be able to help provide a good insight, and you will also be following guidelines! 

 

Above number looks similar to FDA's environmental micro swabbing procedure, ie astronomic.

 

@vpatel - Feedback ?


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