The Agency is proposing specific requirements for equipment and utensils used in animal food facilities. Proposed
Proposed SEC 507.22(b) would require that seams on food-contact surfaces be maintained to minimize accumulation of food particles, dirt, and organic matter and thus minimize the opportunity for growth of microorganisms. Proposed
In SEC 507.22(e), the Agency proposes that freezer and cold storage compartments must be fitted with an indicating thermometer or temperature recording device if the freezer or compartment will be used to store animal food cable of supporting growth of microorganisms.
Proposed SEC 507.22(f) would require the instruments and controls used for measuring, regulating, or recording various attributes such as temperature, pH, and water activity (aw), be accurate, precise, and adequately maintained. There also would need to be an adequate number of devices for their designated use.
Proposed SEC 507.22(g) would require that if compressed air or other gases are mechanically introduced into animal food or used to clean animal food-contact surfaces or equipment, the gas would need to be treated in a way that would not lead to contamination of animal food.
The proposed requirements in
Proposed SEC 507.25(a) addresses operations in the manufacturing, processing, packing and holding of animal food. It would require plant management to ensure that all such operations are conducted in accordance with adequate sanitation principles. In addition, it would require plant management to ensure that appropriate quality control operations are employed so that animal food-packaging materials are safe and suitable, that overall sanitation of the plant is under the supervision of one or more competent individuals assigned responsibility for this function, and that all reasonable precautions are taken so that production procedures do not contribute to contamination from any source. In multiple animal food recalls, the cause of the problem was determined to be Salmonella contamination of the finished product by raw ingredients when plant employees failed to properly separate finished product from raw ingredients. Under the proposed rule, chemical, microbial, or extraneous-material testing procedures would be required where necessary to identify sanitation failures or possible animal food contamination. Further, all animal food that has become contaminated to the extent that it is adulterated would be rejected, or if permissible, treated or processed to eliminate the contamination.
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