Video: five key audit checks for food packaging lines code of practice compliance
1. System security
It's critical that access to the label and date code verification system is controlled and managed. Controlled access ensures there is a full audit trail for any decisions made on the line and people can be held accountable for their decisions. My key watch-outs are:
2. Fail-safe checks
Food manufacturers must ensure fail-safe checks are in place and they are conducted on a daily basis. Fail-safe checks ensure the system is running correctly prior and not susceptible to errors.
It's important engineering are involved so if they are carrying out works on a packaging line, the fail-safe checks are run afterwards.
Access to printers on the line needs to be limited with operators prohibited from changing date codes.
4. Operator interaction
Simply observing operators using the system provides a clear view of their level of understanding and potential training requirements. Spending time asking questions ensures operators fully understand the system.
5. Continuous improvement
Sites should use system reports to drive improvements. For instance if the site has had a near miss, it should be added to the fail-safe checks to mitigate the risk.