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rgomez

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 08:47 PM

HI! 

 

Just curious if anyone else in the Food Storage & Distribution field taking environmental samples as per FDA regulation? If so, what's the CFR? 

To my knowledge we are no required but want to double check!

 

My company only stores & distributes. Please help!



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Posted 19 May 2022 - 11:58 PM

The regulation would be 21 CFR Part 117.
You would need to determine whether you fall under an exemption for the Preventive Controls Rule. If you are not exempt, than it is dependent on your food safety plan.

117.165"...Environmental monitoring, for an environmental pathogen or for an appropriate indicator organism, if contamination of a ready-to-eat food with an environmental pathogen is a hazard requiring a preventive control, by collecting and testing environmental samples"

So if you identified an environmental pathogen risk needing a preventive control then you are required to have environmental monitoring.


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Posted 25 May 2022 - 08:33 PM

If you handle any open product you must have an environmental monitoring program.  Closed packaging - EM not needed.



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Posted 26 May 2022 - 03:28 PM

Please avoid duplicate topics. Can cause confusion and waste people's time.

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...on/#entry185816


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