Upgrading pneumatic systems is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of meeting cGMP and FSMA guidelines. Reduce contamination through better component selection.
There are many potential sources of contamination in food production. Some of these issues can be eliminated through employee training, but some are inherent to the design of the machine. Furthermore, the components used in the equipment must meet wear and cleanability standards to maintain the utmost in food and packaging safety.
Unlike complete pieces of equipment, many electromechanical components are relatively cost effective to audit and replace as required to improve food safety. Here are eight steps for improving air quality and reducing potential sources of biologic, allergen, and particle adulteration:
- Ensure compressed air intended for food contact does not contaminate food.
- Evaluate additional potential contamination points with compressed air.
- Ensure that pneumatic tubing is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is resistant to cleaning processes.
- Eliminate fittings that are difficult to clean.
- Eliminate components that easily corrode and are not designed for the food environment.
- Ensure that components can be easily cleaned and are properly rated for cleaning processes.
- Ensure that actuators utilize food-safe grease.
- Conduct audits at scheduled intervals.