The PAS 222 provides for cleaning programs to be established and documented to maintain hygienic conditions. The Codex animal food CGMPs provide that cleaning should remove residues and dirt that may be a source of contamination. Sufficient standard of cleanliness should be employed to ensure that exposure to pests and pathogens is minimized at all stages of processing, storage, and handling of animal food (Ref. 43).
FDA is proposing in
In SEC 507.19(c), the Agency proposes that only certain types of toxic materials, such as cleaning compounds, laboratory testing reagents, and lubrications for equipment, be used or stored in the plant. In addition these compounds must be identified, held, and stored in a manner that protects against contaminating animal food.
Both the PAS 222 and the Codex animal food CGMPs provide for cleaning and sanitizing agents to be stored separately to minimize the risk of contaminating animal food.
Proposed SEC 507.19(d) would require that effective measures be taken to exclude pests from the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding areas. The use of insecticides or rodenticides would be permitted only under precautions and restrictions that will protect against the contamination of animal food, animal food-contact surfaces, and animal food-packaging materials. As in the human food context, pests can be vectors for disease through microbial contamination of animal food. The AAFCO, PAS 22, and the Codex CGMP documents all address the need to exclude pests from the facility.
FDA is proposing in
Proposed SEC 507.19(e)(3) would recommend that single-service articles (such as paper cups or paper towels) be stored in appropriate containers. Section 507.19(e)(3) is also proposing that these single-service articles be handled, dispensed, used, and disposed of in a manner that protects against contamination of animal food, animal food-contact surfaces, or animal food-packaging materials. As discussed in section IX.C,
Proposed SEC 507.19(f) recommends that non-animal food-contact surfaces of equipment used in the operation of the plant be cleaned in a manner and as frequently as necessary to protect against contamination of animal food, animal food-contact surfaces, and animal food-packaging materials. As discussed in section IX.C,
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