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Replacement Parts

All materials used for maintenance and repair (replacement parts, maintenance tools, reparation aids, etc.) shall be fit for the intended use and, if they are in direct contact with food, must be constructed of materials that will not contribute a food safety risk. Indeed many food manufacturers, particularly those subject to Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI, http://www.mygfsi.com/) audits, request certificates of conformity, or other evidence from the replacement parts manufacturer to confirm its suitability for use.

Further to the requirement for replacement parts intended for food contact to be of approved materials for such purpose, EC Regulation. No. 1935/2004 requires that replacement parts must be traceable. This is to ensure that the food manufacturer is in a position to recall any food products manufactured on lines that have been fitted with replacement parts that are subsequently found to be a health risk. Replacement parts must therefore:

  • • be traceable to a supplier;
  • • be traceable when in storage at the food manufacturer’s site;
  • • be traceable as to which piece of equipment or line into which they were installed;
  • • suitably identified to facilitate their traceability.

Prior to acceptance, all replacement parts should be examined for damage and/or contamination and to ensure that they meet the appropriate specification. All nonconforming, damaged, or contaminated parts should be rejected.

 
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