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#1 nicfarmer12

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 04:41 PM

Hi Everyone! My first post here so please forgive me if I leave something important out. I am also brand new to the food safety world and have only been in this position (PCQI) since April of this year. We are cGMP certified if its relevant. 

 

My small facility makes a tobacco and nicotine free dip and pouches. We currently use a drum that has a pump set up that takes the liquid flavoring from the drum, pumps it through tubing, and transports it to each machine that then puts it onto the pouches. 

 

I am struggling with how to clean the tubing that the liquid flavoring flows through. We can unhook the drum and flush it out with water but I am looking for a sanitizer/cleaner that could/would clean the line as well since it is a food contact item per say. 

 

Does anyone know of a cleaning solution and a sanitizing solution that would possibly work for this tubing?

 

Thanks for any input!


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Posted 22 September 2020 - 04:52 PM

Highly specialized situation. I would suggest contacting a sanitation chemical company and requesting they visit your facility to run a profile to dwtermine best course of action.


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Posted 22 September 2020 - 04:52 PM

Different industry, we use Everclear Grain Alcohol for tubing, flushed with water after.  



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Posted 22 September 2020 - 07:56 PM

Different industry, we use Everclear Grain Alcohol for tubing, flushed with water after.  

 

Hi Timwoodbag, and thank you for your reply. Any reason you do not just let it evaporate out?


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Posted 22 September 2020 - 07:58 PM

Highly specialized situation. I would suggest contacting a sanitation chemical company and requesting they visit your facility to run a profile to dwtermine best course of action.

 

I was not even aware they would do that! Thanks. I'll reach out to a contact I have. 


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 06:19 PM

How much does the hose cost and how frequently do you need to clean it? I would compare the cost of someone to unhook it, take it to a place to clean it, the time it takes to do so and the cost of the chemicals required to clean it to the cost of just replacing it. I'm also curious how the hose was treated before it was put into service? Assuming it's food grade tubing, did it come sterilized and hermetically sealed from the supplier? It also gets you a new hose instead of a used, worn one. Less chance of failure or other problems.


Edited by Hoosiersmoker, 24 September 2020 - 06:22 PM.





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