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Posted 14 August 2023 - 11:30 AM

Hi All, 


We have an old chocolate machine (enrober) with one build in filter. It is a not a compressed air, the air is sourced form atmosphere via an internal blower fan in the machine itself, so it is fully self-contained, then is blowing directly on the products (to spread chocolate evenly) 


Does anyone have similar case and have done a consideration for risk contamination? 


Shall we do a risk assessment for physical particles like dust etc, what about agar plates? 


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Posted 15 August 2023 - 06:05 PM

I don't think that this falls into the clause that you stated.  


However, I do agree that it should be addressed.   There probably already is or should be a risk assessment in your HACCP plan.   I am not familiar with enrobers.   I'm guessing the filter is not fine enough to remove microorganisms.  I think it would be prudent to have some data regarding the ambient air and/or air coming from the blower.   I would be more concerned with microorganisms.  Also, typical PMs for filter and sanitation and monitoring should be in place.  




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