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It is recommended that food and beverage manufacturers record details of breakages that occur at critical points on the filling-line. In the event a consumer complaint is received for ‘glass-in-product’, it is essential that the food/beverage manufacturer is able to produce a clear picture of all breakages that occurred on the filling-line at the time the complaint product was filled. Whilst many manufacturers concentrate solely on the filling-hall when recording glass breakages, to provide a ‘full-picture’ of what has happened on the filling-line at any given time, information on breakage activity at the depalletiser should also be available.

The majority of breakages that occur on filling-lines will often occur at the depalletiser. It cannot be assumed that because the glass vessels have yet to travel through the rinser, it is not important to record depalletiser breakage.

If we look at a scenario where analysis of a glass-in-product complaint confirms the glass contaminant originated from another identical vessel to the ‘complaint-vessel’ (and additional testing confirms an identical glass-type or density), the odds would be quite high that the contamination occurred on the filling-line. In such an event, what questions would be raised if it was found that no breakages were recorded in the filling-hall at the time the ‘complaint-vessel’ was filled? This outcome is more common than you might expect! Thus it is important that breakage activity at critical points on the line be available to assist in any investigation. If additional complaints start being received, the filler of the product will be very pleased to have the additional information on hand to support a position that “a product-recall is not required......”.

The ‘Glass Breakage Register’ can be used in plants that use depalletisers to offload their vessels onto the filling-line, however is also ideal for smaller operations where vessels are manually transferred.

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'STATIONERY' for FOOD & BEVERAGE Manufacturers

GLASSPLANT CONFIDENTIAL has been associated with both the FOOD & BEVERAGE industries, and the GLASS-MANUFACTURING industry for many years. GPC recognises the importance of best-practice manufacturing procedures – both in the glass-plants where bottles and jars are manufactured, and the filling plants where the vessels are filled. As part of the process to ensure food and beverage manufacturers obtain the best performance from their glass containers, a range of stationery has been developed to ensure plants record all critical information when filling their glass vessels. These documents are FREE to download, and plants are encouraged to utilise them as part of their in-house quality procedures.