13.1 - ALLERGEN COP (BASE)

  • All Sites must comply with the requirements as detailed in Tesco Code of Practise 376 - Allergen control

13.1.2 - ALLERGEN CONTROLS (BASE)

  • Allergens must be risk assessed individually, no grouping or hierarchy

  • Where allergens are used or stored the risk assessment must establish the potential for cross contamination

  • The risk assessment must include all processes and areas of the factory, including product transfer

  • If the risk assessment forms part of the HACCP it will need to be clearly documented

  • The risk assessment considers; (Not exhaustive list)

  • Transfer and movement of used equipment

  • Process aids

  • Cleaning

  • CIP

  • Product development

13.2 - SPECIFICATIONS (BASE)

  • Raw material specifications must detail all Tesco recognised allergens handled on site.

  • The specification must provide detail of the risk of cross contamination

13.2.1 - TRANSPORT OF RAW MATERIALS (BASE)

  • Transport of raw material must not pose a risk of cross contamination

  • Bulk tankers used for both allergenic and non allergenic raw materials must be able to produce cleaning records

  • Consideration is given to vehicle loading / unloading and cleaning

13.3 - CROSS CONTAMINATION (MEDIUM)

  • Open product that has been in contact with allergenic material must be disposed of if not being used in like for like product

13.4 - STORAGE (BASE)

  • Segregation of allergens must be based on risk assessment (I.e. Product in unopened / fully sealed packaging poses less risk that packaging that has been open and re-sealed or open / covered products)

  • Allergenic materials stored on pallets at floor level to minimise the risk of cross contamination if damaged

13.5 - IDENTIFICATION (BASE)

  • Based on risk assessment raw materials, work in progress and finished product containing allergens must be clearly identified during storage and production

13.6 - EQUIPMENT CLEANING (BASE)

  • Cleaning between the production of allergen and non-allergen containing products and products containing different allergens must be thorough, and where possible chemically cleaned to remove all visible debris

  • Where tests are readily available, the cleaning procedures may be validated with surface allergen testing kits

  • The cleaning must be verified by documented visual inspections as a minimum

  • Consideration should also be given to cleaning of the environment (e.g. Splashing to walls and ceilings) where there is an obvious risk

  • A validation study must be available and reviewed annually or after any change in huge equipment or procedures

13.6.1 - EQUIPMENT CLEANING (BASE)

  • Sieves must be dedicated to individual allergenic ingredients or cleaned immediately after allergenic material is sieved, where there is a risk of cross contamination.

  • Bulk or inline sieving equipment must be cleaned to remove all visible derisory

  • Where fitted, extraction equipment must be suitably cleaned and managed to prevent any risk of cross contamination

13.7 - EQUIPMENT (BASE)

  • Utensils used for handling allergen products must be chemically cleaned after use or dedicated to specific ingredients

  • Stainless steel is preferred as it's easier to clean than acrylic equipment which can become heavily scored over time

13.7.1 - MAINTENANCE (BASE)

  • Maintenance activities on equipment handling allergens must be risk assessed and appropriate controls defined and implemented

  • Movement of engineers and tools from one machine to another must be considered

13.8 - SEGREGATION (BASE)

  • If dedicated lines (for allergens) are not in place, scheduling must take into consideration the allergen content of the different products produced on the line

  • Line cleaning and other controls must be employed as determined necessary by risk assessment

13.8.1 - SEGREGATION (ASPIRATIONAL)

  • Products containing allergens are produced on dedicated equipment, lines or facilities

13.9 - REWORK (BASE)

  • Rework that contains allergenic ingredients must be reworked only into products that contain that allergen

13.10 - REWORK (BASE)

  • Not applicable

13.11 - SPILLAGE (BASE)

  • Any spillage of allergenic material that occurs during production, storage or distribution must be cleaned up immediately to ensure no risk of cross contamination

13.12 - PERSONNEL (BASE)

  • All staff (including agency) must receive allergen training as part of the site induction

  • Where allergens are used, staff must be aware of the risks regarding cross contamination

13.12.1 - PERSONNEL (MEDIUM)

  • Based on risk assessment personnel manufacturing allergenic product must be clearly identifiable
    e.g. Through wearing / using coloured disposable protective equipment

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