Best Practice Guide - Foreign Body Detection Issue 2 (English)
The contamination of a product with the physical presence of something not intended to be there (a foreign body), often with the potential to cause harm, can result in issues that may include customer complaints, product wastage, and brand damage.
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BRC would like to acknowledge the invaluable input and assistance of the many individuals and companies who have contributed in producing and reviewing this guideline, but in particular Mettler-Toledo Safeline and Loma Cintex.
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Any manufacturing or storage and transport business must have an effective control system to prevent product contamination by foreign bodies. As well as identifying and preventing potential sources of contamination, control may include the use of inspection equipment such as metal detectors or X-ray equipment. Although other systems such as filters, sieves and magnets may be appropriate for many...
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The contamination of a product with the physical presence of something not intended to be there (i.e. a foreign body), often with the potential to cause harm, can result in:
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Inspection systems should be specified in conjunction with the equipment supplier to ensure they can perform effectively in the intended working environment. Performance should not be adversely affected by external electrical interference or by plant operating conditions – for example, wet environments, areas of high vibration, extremes of temperature or harsh hygiene procedures.
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It is important that the inspection system can deliver long-term, effective and reliable operation at the programmed operating sensitivity. The maximum attainable sensitivity and reliability are ultimately dependent upon the quality and reliability of the inspection system.
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All personnel carrying out activities that have an impact upon the effectiveness of the inspection programme should be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills and experience. They should be aware of the relevance and importance of their activities and how they contribute to the achievement of product safety. Appropriate records of education, training, skills and...
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Relevant and meaningful documentation is important; it will provide evidence of the history of the production process should there be an issue where the company may be investigated as a result of a consumer complaint.
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10.1 Action Required if a Verification Test Fails
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Data from inspection systems can be gathered and exchanged via:
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Typical sensitivity values can be defined either by minimum detector aperture dimension (refer to Appendix 3) or by actual product height (refer to Appendix 2). Aperture height will generally be 25 mm/1” greater than maximum product height.
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Typical sensitivity values can be defined either by minimum detector aperture dimension (refer to Appendices 1 and 3) or by actual product height. Aperture height will generally be 25 mm/1” greater than maximum product height.
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If other contaminants, such as glass or stone, are identified from HACCP or hazard analysis, then it is recommended that the equipment supplier is consulted to establish reliable on-line, in-plant detection performance.
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A series of globally recognised certification standards for manufacturers and storage and distribution companies.
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