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Posted 03 December 2020 - 02:10 PM

I'm working on our BRC plan prior to our audit visit in a couple of weeks.  Clause 5.2.5 states that cooking instructions shall be fully validated and I'm struggling with the correct information needed or where to find validation information.  We package beans into consumer size packages, package quick oats into consumer size packages and also provide a RTE flavored popcorn.  Would there be a specific website or data source to acquire the needed info - or is there info that would be needed for this?  

Thanks for your help.



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 02:49 PM

5.2.5 is about validation of instruction that are provided to the consumer on the product label - are you giving these for your products? (e.g. if the popcorn is supplied RTE then presumably no preparation is required at the consumer end?).

And if so, do they impact food safety?

If not, then you're arguably exempt from the clause.
 



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 03:04 PM

We have "cooking instructions" on the pulses and oatmeal only.  Would these need a validation to support this clause?



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 07:00 PM

In the past I worked at a USDA facility. There the cooking instructions needed to be validated. We prepared the items according to the cooking instructions and took final internal temperatures to show that it would provide a "kill step" for salmonella.



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 07:20 PM

We have "cooking instructions" on the pulses and oatmeal only.  Would these need a validation to support this clause?

 

5.2.5 - Where cooking instructions are provided to ensure product safety, they shall be fully validated to ensure that, when the product is cooked according to the instructions, a safe, ready-to-eat product is consistently produced.

 

 

> Yes ?.

 

eg -

 

https://www.campdenb...-validation.php

(usefully informative)

 

https://forms.consum...t-nrte-products

 

https://www.foodsafe...g-instructions/

 

Some comments related to 2nd link exist here -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...on/#entry109964


Edited by Charles.C, 03 December 2020 - 07:38 PM.
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Charles.C




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