Ensuring Compliance: Best Practices in Evaporation, Filtration, and Spray Drying Operations

Ensuring compliance in your processing environment is crucial for consistent product quality, staff safety, and for meeting regulatory standards.

Evaporation, membrane filtration, and spray drying each have their own unique regulatory requirements and standards that vary depending upon the specific product and industry application. Plant managers at food processing facilities should focus on the following issues to achieve compliance and uphold food safety.

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Ensuring Compliance: Evaporation & Membrane Filtration

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) cover the minimum sanitary and processing requirements for producing safe and quality products. This includes ensuring clean and sanitized facilities and equipment.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic preventive approach to food safety. It identifies physical, chemical, and biological hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs procedures and monitoring standards to reduce and manage these risks to a safe level.

For facilities subject to the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), implementing preventive control plans is a must. These FSMA plans include hazard analysis, preventive controls, and the monitoring of those controls to ensure they are effective.

Ensuring Compliance: Spray Drying

Ensure compliance with environmental regulations regarding air emissions. This includes installing and properly maintaining appropriate air pollution control equipment.

To adhere to product safety standards, implement critical control points specific to spray drying to mitigate risks such as microbial contamination or the degradation of nutritional values. Contact Caloris for assistance.

Ensuring Compliance: Key Steps to Take

Here are some practical tips for establishing and maintaining effective quality assurance and food safety management systems:

1. Adopt a preventive approach. Utilize HACCP principles, which focus on preventing hazards rather than reacting to them. Also implement FSMA preventive controls.

2. Engage in continuous training and education. Regular training programs ensure that all staff are up to speed on safety standards and operational procedures specific to your processes.

Encourage a culture of safety that empowers employees to report potential safety issues and contribute to continuous improvement. Contact Caloris for training support.

3. Emphasize document control and traceability. Detailed record-keeping of all operational processes, hazard analyses, preventive measures and corrective actions is critical for verifying compliance.

Enhance traceability of products through all stages of production (as well as distribution) for effective recall procedures and for minimizing the impact of a food safety incident.

4. Regularly maintain and calibrate equipment. Contact Caloris for assistance.

5. Implement rigorous quality control measures. Incorporate quality checks throughout the production process to monitor critical parameters and ensure products meet established safety and quality standards.

Vet suppliers thoroughly and establish stringent quality specifications for all ingredients and materials. Regular audits of supplier facilities can also help ensure compliance with your safety standards.

6. Prepare for audits and inspections. Conduct regular internal audits to assess the effectiveness of your food safety management system and identify areas for improvement. This practice can help prepare your facility for external regulatory inspections.

Periodically perform mock recall exercises to test the efficiency and effectiveness of your recall plan. These drills can help identify weaknesses in your traceability and communication strategies.

7. Pursue relevant certifications. Consider obtaining certifications from recognized standards like ISO 22000, SQF, BRC, or FSSC 22000. These certifications can enhance your marketability and demonstrate your commitment to food safety to consumers, regulators, and business partners.

8. Utilize technology and data analysis. Implement technology solutions such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, which can help manage quality control, traceability, and document control more effectively.

Use data analytics to identify trends and areas for improvement in your food safety processes. Analyzing data from across your operations can help in making informed decisions and implementing proactive measures to enhance food safety.

Caloris is here to assist you in your compliance goals. Call Caloris at 410-822-6900 or send email to problem.solved@caloris.com to speak with an engineer.

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Navigating Global and National Food Safety Regulations

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are the primary regulatory bodies governing food safety.

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) emphasizes preventing food safety problems rather than responding to them after they occur. It applies to facilities involved in the manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of food products, directly impacting operations such as evaporation, membrane filtration, and spray drying.

Globally, the Codex Alimentarius operates as a collection of standards, guidelines, and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body established by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO). These standards aim to ensure food safety and quality in the international food trade.

ISO 22000 is a global standard that specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. It involves a comprehensive control of food safety hazards within the food chain.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Recognized Standards: Certifications such as SQF, BRC, and FSSC 22000 are recognized by GFSI. Achieving certification against one of these standards can help demonstrate a commitment to food safety and quality.

 
 

About Caloris

Caloris transforms process systems design for the better with unexpected, future-focused solutions that solve real operational problems. We engineer efficient, dependable and productive solutions that also improve environmental sustainability where practical. Designed with the end user in mind to drive plant productivity. Caloris offers evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying process systems for food and dairy industries, as well as for water reuse and wastewater treatment applications. Both Caloris’ custom and pre-engineered packaged systems are designed to meet our customers’ specific concentration/purification needs utilizing the most cost effective and energy efficient technologies available. Whether concentrating dairy, food or juice products at a high-volume production facility, or processing industrial wastewaters to reduce transportation and treatment costs and recover re-usable water, Caloris provides a range of options and technologies.