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  • Cleaning Protocols for Filling Machines

    Posted by mikethair on February 26, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Is there a general industry-wide protocol for the approached chemicals used in cleaning filling machines used for products such as hair conditioners and shampoo.

    Particularly interested in the cleaning solutions used.


    Microformulation replied 6 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Microformulation

    February 26, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I am not aware of an Industry-wide protocol.

    When we developed SOP’s for our QA/QC programs, we used the manuals that were supplied by the manufacturers. They will endorse a specific type (not brand) in their instructions. We would craft our SOP’s using their guidelines and cite the manual as a reference in the SOP.

    Now, if you are seeking to meet many Organic and “Natural” Certifications, you may be tasked to develop an “Organic Material Handling Program”, a document to augment your SOP’s. It’s goal is to put in place policies and procedures that ensure that organic materials maintain their integrity throughout the handling of the material, from receipt of the material all the way to shipping of the finished goods. If this is the case, you will define appropriate and approved cleaning solutions allowed to be used in organic processing. You will also define Organic Pest Control measures. In all honesty, these programs are not hard to implement, as the certifying body usually provides a great deal of Guidance and even sample documents for the design of these programs.

    I hope that answered your question.

  • Bobzchemist

    February 27, 2017 at 12:54 am

    For cleaning, we were directed to only use Alcanox products by our FDA compliance consultant. https://alconox.com/

  • Microformulation

    February 27, 2017 at 4:14 am

    In many cases, our manuals referenced Alconox as one of the preferred agents but also endorsed other similar products.

  • mikethair

    February 27, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for the responses….very useful.

  • mikethair

    February 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Interesting points @Microformulation. I did not think that Alconox was particularly “organic.”  How does an “Organic Material Handling Program” protocol get around this?


  • Microformulation

    February 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    We had to find alternatives to the Alconox as it was not allowed under the Organic Handling Program.

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