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Tracey A Richardson

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 12:55 PM

We purchase bulk drums of trace minerals to add to our product. Do they need to be locked in a chemical cage?



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Posted 30 July 2021 - 01:26 PM

Yes- if for no other reason that deliberate (or accidental) addition putting the minerals over the safe consumption value (i.e. toxic)

 

Plus-pretty sure they are not cheap------disgruntled employees have been known to help themselves to all kinds of things for personnel or vexatious gain


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Posted 30 July 2021 - 02:30 PM

Thanks Scampi



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Posted 30 July 2021 - 05:48 PM

Scampi is usually on top of things! 



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 06:29 PM

Technically, no....but the caveat is you must have them secured in some fashion to minimize the risk of intentional adulteration or misuse.  The way you secure if up to you.



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 07:39 PM

Yes they need to be in a locked area per the SQF. Part of food defense and safety

 



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 07:59 PM

If you aren't able to get them into a locked area, then you could always do a Risk Assessment for the method of storage you do choose to use.  

For example- we do not have, nor can we place, a chemical cage in our main production facility.  We rely on auto titrators, and training of employees.  So we have done a risk analysis of our system to show that even though the chemicals are not locked up, they are not used improperly. 



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 08:15 PM

Just saying..."secured" or "controlled" does not mean "locked".  There are a number of ways to "secure" or "control" items / things.  With food ingredients you want to ensure they are secured and their usage is controlled.

 

Cleaning chemicals are not the same as food ingredients that the OP mentioned.  I think the use of "chemical" is a misnomer in this instance since the material is an ingredient in the food.


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