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Part 3 - House Packing Facility


  • Product delivered from the field which is held in a staging area prior to packing or processing is protected from possible contamination.

  • Prior to packing, product is properly stored and/or handled in order to reduce possible contamination.

Washing/Packing Line

  • Source water used in the packing operation is potable.

  • If applicable, the temperature of processing water used in dump tanks, flumes, etc., is monitored and is kept at temperatures appropriate for the commodity.

  • Processing water is sufficiently treated to reduce microbial contamination.

  • Water-contact surfaces, such as dump tanks, flumes, wash tanks and hydro coolers, are cleaned and/or sanitized on a scheduled basis.

  • Water treatment (strength levels and pH) and exposure time is monitored and the facility has demonstrated it is appropriate for the product.

  • Food contact surfaces are in good condition; cleaned and/or sanitized prior to use and cleaning logs are maintained.

  • Product flow zones are protected from sources of contamination.

  • The water used for cooling and/or making ice is potable.

  • Any ice used for cooling produce is manufactured, transported and stored under sanitary conditions.

Packing House Worker Health & Hygiene

  • Employee facilities (locker rooms, lunch and break areas, etc.) are clean and located away from packing area.

  • When there is a written policy regarding the use of hair nets/beard nets in the production area, it is being followed by all employees and visitors.

  • When there is a written policy regarding the wearing of jewelry in the production area, it is being followed by all employees and visitors.

Packing House General Housekeeping

  • Only food grade approved and labeled lubricants are used in the packing equipment/machinery.

  • Chemicals not approved for use on product are stored and segregated away from packing area.

  • The plant grounds are reasonably free of litter and debris.

  • The plant grounds are reasonably free of standing water.

  • Outside garbage receptacles/dumpsters are closed or are located away from packing facility entrances and the area around such sites is reasonably clean.

  • Packing facilities are enclosed.

  • The packing facility interior is clean and maintained in an orderly manner.

  • Floor drains appear to be free of obstructions.

  • Pipes, ducts, fans and ceilings which are over food handling operations, are clean.

  • Glass materials above product flow zones are contained in case of breakage.

  • Possible wastewater spillage is prevented from contaminating any food handling area by barriers, drains, or a sufficient distance.

  • There is a policy describing procedures which specify handling/disposition of finished product that is opened, spilled, or comes into contact with the floor.

  • Only new or sanitized containers are used for packing the product.

  • Pallets and containers are clean and in good condition.

  • Packing containers are properly stored and protected from contamination (birds, rodents, and other pests).

Pest Control

  • Measures are taken to exclude animals or pests from packing and storage facilities.

  • There is an established pest control program for the facility.

  • Service reports for the pest control program are available for review.

  • Interior walls, floors and ceilings are well maintained and are free of major cracks and crevices.


  • Records are kept recording the source of incoming product and the destination of outgoing product which is uniquely identified to enable traceability.

Conclusion: Part 3 - House Packing Facility

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