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Best Answer Charles.C, 10 December 2020 - 01:59 AM

Thank you Charles.
I will try to get hold of the Tesco Manual.

This was an ALDI audit.

Regards
Ildiko

 

A little more info from FDA -

 

Air and air flow

We recommend that you design the air flow in your plant to maintain positive air pressure on the
RTE side of the operation relative to the “raw” side (i.e., maintain higher air pressures in RTE
areas and lower air pressures in areas where unprocessed (“raw”) foods are handled). We
recommend that you consider the room temperature and the impact of airflow on controlling
condensation in the plant. We also recommend that you consult individuals with appropriate
engineering skills to determine how to achieve proper air balance and the desired air exchange

rate, including determining the number, size, and location of intake and exhaust fans.

 

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There have been isolated reports of contamination associated with air (e.g., air from
compressed air lines has been implicated in contamination traced to a niche (i.e., growth in a
filter) near the point of use (Ref. 44). We recommend that you consider filtering the air in rooms
where RTE foods are processed or exposed to reduce the potential for contamination of RTE
foods with microorganisms (including L. monocytogenes). If you filter the air, we recommend
that the final filter have an efficiency of at least 90-95 percent at 1 micron as rated in American
Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 52.2-
2012.
Depending on your product, your process and the design and construction of your plant,
it may be appropriate to use High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that have an efficiency
of 99.97-99.99 percent at 0.3 micron for removing bacteria, yeasts and molds. 

 


 

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Posted 08 December 2020 - 06:27 PM

Hi, we are a small yoghurt manufacturing place. I'd like to take measurement using an oenometer to calculate air changes per hour within our high risk area. Can someone advise how to establish sampling point (s) for taking measurement? Will I take many measurements from different areas within the room and average these values or I have to sample at a specific point i.e. further away from air filters? I would be grateful if someone who is an expert on this area could reply. Thank you, Ildiko

 



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Posted 08 December 2020 - 09:35 PM

You can refer to these guides for where to take measurements.

 

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Posted 09 December 2020 - 04:39 AM

Hi, we are a small yoghurt manufacturing place. I'd like to take measurement using an oenometer to calculate air changes per hour within our high risk area. Can someone advise how to establish sampling point (s) for taking measurement? Will I take many measurements from different areas within the room and average these values or I have to sample at a specific point i.e. further away from air filters? I would be grateful if someone who is an expert on this area could reply. Thank you, Ildiko

Hi lidiko,

 

Duplicate thread. Please avoid.

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...ge/#entry166782


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 06:35 AM

Thank you for your reply.
We had a customer audit and this was raised as a nonconformity.
I was asked to take measurement of air flow for air exchange rate calculation.

I can’t contract this out as my boss wouldn’t pay for it.
Thanks again for your reply.

Ildiko



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Posted 09 December 2020 - 06:36 AM

Thank you for the guide. I will go through in these.

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Posted 09 December 2020 - 06:53 AM

Thank you for your reply.
We had a customer audit and this was raised as a nonconformity.
I was asked to take measurement of air flow for air exchange rate calculation.

I can’t contract this out as my boss wouldn’t pay for it.
Thanks again for your reply.

Ildiko

 

Sounds like an extremely nitpicking customer.

 

I suggest you locate Tesco 's operational manual (afaik a quite rigorous Organisation) and see their handling of this topic. Then reference to yr customer. :smile:


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 06:11 PM

Thank you Charles.
I will try to get hold of the Tesco Manual.

This was an ALDI audit.

Regards
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Posted 10 December 2020 - 01:59 AM   Best Answer

Thank you Charles.
I will try to get hold of the Tesco Manual.

This was an ALDI audit.

Regards
Ildiko

 

A little more info from FDA -

 

Air and air flow

We recommend that you design the air flow in your plant to maintain positive air pressure on the
RTE side of the operation relative to the “raw” side (i.e., maintain higher air pressures in RTE
areas and lower air pressures in areas where unprocessed (“raw”) foods are handled). We
recommend that you consider the room temperature and the impact of airflow on controlling
condensation in the plant. We also recommend that you consult individuals with appropriate
engineering skills to determine how to achieve proper air balance and the desired air exchange

rate, including determining the number, size, and location of intake and exhaust fans.

 

etc

--------

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---------

There have been isolated reports of contamination associated with air (e.g., air from
compressed air lines has been implicated in contamination traced to a niche (i.e., growth in a
filter) near the point of use (Ref. 44). We recommend that you consider filtering the air in rooms
where RTE foods are processed or exposed to reduce the potential for contamination of RTE
foods with microorganisms (including L. monocytogenes). If you filter the air, we recommend
that the final filter have an efficiency of at least 90-95 percent at 1 micron as rated in American
Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 52.2-
2012.
Depending on your product, your process and the design and construction of your plant,
it may be appropriate to use High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that have an efficiency
of 99.97-99.99 percent at 0.3 micron for removing bacteria, yeasts and molds. 

 

Attached File  Draft-Guidance-for-Industry--Control-of-Listeria-monocytogenes-in-RTE Foods(2017)-(PDF).pdf   795.15KB   4 downloads
 


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