Hi Everyone! I'm new here, and new to food production and sanitation at an SQF facility. I passed a HACCP certification course recently but I still don't feel entirely confident. I've learned a good bit from browsing the forum as a guest here but I've finally decided to sign up and ask for some advice and experiences from those who have worked in the industry longer and have more knowledge in these matters. So here I am, humbly asking for your help. I've been asked to review and possibly revamp our sanitation plan. Currently, our plan calls for us to sanitize bucket elevators, augers and silos. This is a very small flour mill and most of our equipment was purchased and installed before we even considered SQF certification so it has seams and pockets for things to hide in. This stresses me out because if we ATP test this stuff as requested, it feels like lying, there's no way to clean the equipment well enough to pass an ATP test with a 2000 RLU limit. The bucket elevators, for instance, are 6x6 and 20+ feet tall. I have personally climbed inside the silos and scraped the walls down but again, that's not a situation I want to put anyone in. It wouldn't pass an ATP test then, either, as there are seams where the panels bolt together. While these things can be fogged to sanitize them I just wanted to find out what others are doing in their facilities. It makes more sense to me to knock dust and residuals down as much as possible in the raw grain areas and vacuum out the ports at the bottom of the silos, augers and elevators. I'd prefer to focus on pest and dust control in those areas, rather than trying to get them to pass an ATP test. I'd like to focus most of our sanitation efforts on the finished goods areas instead. It's a closed system with a combination of air transport and augers to move grain and flour in certain spots (augers for raw grain, air transport for the milling process and then augers again to move finished flour into and out of the finished goods silos). If there are any more details I can provide to help clarify things, please let me know and I'll do my best. I'd love to hear your advice and experience with sanitation in a small flour mill. I want to do the job right and the insight of those with more experience would help me immensely to feel more confident in my work here.
Thank you so much for reading this and expending effort on my behalf.
Edited by Jacob Timperley, 08 January 2021 - 11:25 AM.