The new Version of the SQF code has guidance documents structured differently but this this is pulled from the SQF V8.1 guidance document, Go to Page 65) **Shown at the very bottom**and refers specifically to the foreign material management of wooden pallets. I think as with any other topic you're unsure about, conduct a risk analysis. If you think you can mitigate or eliminate the possible risks, then start using them.
At our facility we have an inspection program. Pallets have to be inspected prior to being brought into the facility for production. You can also purchase only certain grades of pallets, but that process can get expensive.
Go to Page 65.
"Wooden pallets are part of the food industry and are not expected to be banned from processing environments. Depending on the type of operation and the products being produced, the types of controls for the management of pallets can vary from one site to another. At a minimum, all general processing facilities should have a pallet management program in place where pallets undergo inspection for broken slats or wood pieces protruding which could pose a risk to products. If pallets are stored for prolonged periods outdoor, then the pallets may need to be cleaned and inspected for vermin prior to entry into the processing area. For high-risk operations and wet processing environments, the use of clean slip sheets or plastic pallets may be utilized to help to minimize the risk of foreign material or microbiological contamination to the products."
Edited by Charles.C, 30 October 2021 - 03:17 AM.
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