Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 11 2016 - Page 40

Is Food Safety Critical To Your Process? managers often continue with old paper recorders. Happily, new options are becoming available. The Eurotherm nanodac™ recorder/controller offers four channels of precision analogue batch recording, easily meeting the requirements of regulators for accuracy and repeatability, and data logging requirements of 21 CFR 11. For more demanding applications, Food Safety is subject to Paper records, such as the Eurotherm unprecedented scrutiny from 392 circular chart recorder have governments and regulatory bodies served the industry well for many globally. The reason is simple: years, but the mechanical nature According to a recent study by the of the printing mechanism can World Health Organisation food compromise reliability and accuracy. borne diseases affect 1 in 10 of the It is also easy to lose or damage population globally, accounting for paper, and HACCP requires that 420,000 deaths annually. Of these, original records are maintai ned on- over 125,000 are infants or babies site for several years - copies are not A hybrid such as nanodac also has aged 5 years or below. permitted. . high quality PID control, including Apart from the dangers to public Other regulated industries such as health, the cost of a major product pharmaceuticals and aerospace recall can run into millions of pounds, switched to graphical video recorders even billions, and the reputational long ago: Data is automatically damage is incalculable. Organisations forwarded to supervisory systems for could be subject to criminal liability reporting and recording, and solid- including prison sentences and state electronics are intrinsically more substantial fines, let alone the cost of reliable in a production environment. lost production. Understandable then, that food safety is a primary concern of plant managers. The question is, with ever-increasing scrutiny, are existing methods of record keeping for HACCP control points sufficient? The US Food Safety Modernization Act is leading the way towards digitisation of record keeping, with increased attention on the performance of subsuppliers in eradicating hazards. 40 FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk the Versadac recorder provides a back of panel solution with almost unlimited capacity. Both allow alarm and discrete input logging, communications with other devices, results available in the data record, electronic signatures and batch data recording. advanced cascade with unique auto tune. Such units can control a retort or autoclave, including VSD, and record the results. The standard 96x96mm panel size will retrofit in place of an older PID controller. A high quality TFT display assures a perfect operator interface for interaction and alarm visualisation. HACCP regulations mandate that electronic records are not subject NOTE WRITTEN BY Eurotherm to falsification, and have electronic PHOTOGRAPHY BY Eurotherm signatures, but many low cost data loggers do not provide this security level. The “gold standard” for data recorders in the food and beverage industry is US FDA 21 CFR 11, but chart recorders meeting this standard can be expensive, so plant Eurotherm As part of the Schneider Electric business, Eurotherm is a leading global supplier of Industrial Automation and process control, measurement and data management solutions and services www.eurotherm.co.uk