GMP’s in foreign material control
Since foreign material control is a matter of grave importance to the American public, there are several Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP’s) that are in place for this industry. As defined by the FDA; GMP’s for foreign material control include facility, processing and employee practices aimed primarily at microbial control, but also foreign material control.The reason for which GMP’s have to be put in place in the foreign material control area is that they ensure food security.These are some of them:
GMP’s in foreign material control start with the people in the industry. No matter how much mechanization has taken place; it is the people who power the industry. It is also the easiest of GMP’s to control, and also the most impactful. Staff must ensure that they avoid unintended or deliberate actions that could cause contamination in food. They should be made to remove personal items like hairpins, clips, rings or any other such material that could potentially cause a contamination. Employee access to on-site contaminants such as equipment parts and tools should be restricted.
Next to people; the obvious GMP is facilities. Maintaining a clean and systematic facility serves two important functions: it prevents unwanted items from entering the facility; its manufacturing process and supply chain, and also sets the standard for employees working in the facility. It gives workers a view of how the organization functions. This ensures cleanliness in the food product and makes detection of any non-standard products, ingredients that go into them and other such items easier.
Facility and equipment maintenance
Tools and equipment parts should be stored in secured areas when they are not in use; every item should be accounted for, and a post inspection of the site should be carried out.
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