Packaging Material Verification, Sanitation and Allergen Testing
Every truck that comes into our plant is sealed properly and the seal number is verified.
Film and cartons are verified against a control.
Raw material COAs are checked upon receipt. Allergy control ensures that all packages that contain an allergen are clearly labeled and that the proper steps are taken to sanitize equipment and materials that have come in contact with an allergen before they are used again.
For every single run, we go one step further by using Neogen’s Reveal strip tests to test for the presence of the allergen on the sanitized equipment and materials. In addition, we follow a detailed sanitation schedule for all of our equipment and materials – whether they came in contact with an allergen or not.
Pouches are packed into cases or cartons and code-dated before passing through a checkweigher. A foreign material risk assessment is completed.
Critical Control Points
Critical Control Point #1: When applicable, a sample is pulled for batch testing. At this point, we conduct risk evaluation for biological (vegetative pathogens/sporeforming pathogens) and chemical (allergens, chemicals, mycotoxins and pesticides) hazards.
Critical Control Point #2: We use mesh screens and sifters to test for physical hazards (metal, glass, wood, hard plastic, stones).
Critical Control Point #3: Product passes through a metal detection system. Inspection, detection and foreign material risk assessment takes place to ensure no physical hazards are present in finished products. Non-foil pouched products pass through a down-line metal detector as well.
Critical Control Point #4: Nutritional and allergen statements are verified on the labeling.
GreenSeed Contract Packaging performs various quality tests for healthy foods and nutritional products.
Organoleptic tests measure for sensory properties – including sight, smell, taste, and touch.
Tests for moisture content and pH levels ensure food quality, safety, consistency, and flavor.
Tests for weight control ensure consistency among units of the same product ensuring the customer’s