Jump to content

  • Quick Navigation
Photo
- - - - -

Sanitation Program for plastic bottle manufacturer

Sanitation plastic bottles manufacture

  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

Brelimo70

    Grade - AIFSQN

  • IFSQN Associate
  • 26 posts
  • 0 thanks
0
Neutral

  • United States
    United States

Posted 12 August 2022 - 09:13 PM

Hello everyone:

 

I'm a QA manager for a plastic bottle manufacturer, I'm new to the industry of plastics but I have some years under my belt for food industry, now I was informed that we need to start the process for us to get qualified for SQF and one of the first topics that came to my head was sanitation program, we are qualified for GMP's right now and our sanitation basically consists of us cleaning at the end of every shift our shuttles where bottles are dispensed to the liner inside a box, and then ATP testing every week and environmental testing every quarter, we clean the shuttles with sanitizing wipes and alcohol

 

Our ATP testing had been pretty consistent and well below the 30 marks, we test the shuttles and the interior of our bottles, the question now is, would this be sufficient for SQF standard? what other practices have you implemented that help improve sanitation? 

We have what I consider a killing step (170 degrees minimum to mold the plastic) right before its packaged, what about molds and other machine equipment? would it be sufficient to just wipe clean with wipes and alcohol since we have a killing step right before packaging? 

 

Any direction from plastic expert would be really appreciated.

 

Thank you 

 

Brenda.



Charles.C

    Grade - FIFSQN

  • IFSQN Moderator
  • 19,802 posts
  • 5483 thanks
1,403
Excellent

  • Earth
    Earth
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:SF
    TV
    Movies

Posted 15 August 2022 - 05:45 AM

Hello everyone:

 

I'm a QA manager for a plastic bottle manufacturer, I'm new to the industry of plastics but I have some years under my belt for food industry, now I was informed that we need to start the process for us to get qualified for SQF and one of the first topics that came to my head was sanitation program, we are qualified for GMP's right now and our sanitation basically consists of us cleaning at the end of every shift our shuttles where bottles are dispensed to the liner inside a box, and then ATP testing every week and environmental testing every quarter, we clean the shuttles with sanitizing wipes and alcohol

 

Our ATP testing had been pretty consistent and well below the 30 marks, we test the shuttles and the interior of our bottles, the question now is, would this be sufficient for SQF standard? what other practices have you implemented that help improve sanitation? 

We have what I consider a killing step (170 degrees minimum to mold the plastic) right before its packaged, what about molds and other machine equipment? would it be sufficient to just wipe clean with wipes and alcohol since we have a killing step right before packaging? 

 

Any direction from plastic expert would be really appreciated.

 

Thank you 

 

Brenda.

Hi Brenda,

 

The specifics will inevitably relate to the relevant SQF clauses.

i'm neither a SQF nor Plastics expert but, IIRC, based on previous SQF threads here, for EMPG there is likely to be some perfunctory involvement with micro testing for a food contact material unless you can generate a sufficiently pervasive risk assessment as to a negligible risk of "process" contamination. Are you already doing such testing ?


Kind Regards,

 

Charles.C






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users