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The handling and control of allergens

Because of the importance of food allergens to consumer health, a system for managing the control of allergens should be in place. This system must have control measures for cleaning, packaging, and raw materials/ingredients as well as sessions for employee training and instruction.

As previously mentioned, very small qualities of certain food allergens can cause serious health effects or death, so good management of all these areas within the food business is essential.

Allergen Management Diagram

People control measures of food allergens

The knowledge and behavior of the staff is extremely important in the control of allergens.

Staff Awareness

All staff must be made aware of the importance of allergen control. The training should include product identification and recipe control. Where rework, is used staff should be aware of specific control measures to prevent cross-contamination.

Protective clothing soiled with a food allergen can pose a risk of contamination. Staff should be made aware that soiled clothing must be changed when working with specific food products.

Personal Hygiene

Hand washing is important in allergen control since contamination can occur when working with different ingredients. Staff members must wash their hands between the uses of different ingredients.

Waste Control

The staff should be aware of the correct procedures for waste disposal, particularly when the product contains allergens.

Equipment

When using utensils for the production of food products, the staff must be trained in reducing contamination by cleaning the utensils when using them for different foods. The production of chocolate provides a good example . Some factories make chocolate containing nuts and also without nuts. If they use the same utensils or equipment, they risk contaminating the product. The staff should clean all utensils and equipment to remove the risk of allergen contamination. It is good practice to use separate utensils for specific food products.

Food Consumption

Consumption of certain products by staff members can introduce allergens into the foodstuffs being produced. Good management practice dictates that eating and drinking shall be restricted to the canteen or external areas away from food products or ingredients. Good management practice also dictates a hand washing policy: all staff must wash their hands before entering a food production area.

Raw materials and ingredients control measures of food allergens

It is crucial to know the status of the raw materials and ingredients that you receive from your suppliers. If the ingredients you obtain from your suppliers are contaminated with allergens, then all your precautions you take in your factory to control allergens will be pointless. Ask questions of your suppliers. For example, ask them about their cleaning schedules and the ways they store their products.

If you have an allergen as an ingredient or an ingredient contains an allergen, then these products must be clearly indentified and controlled within your factory. The preferred means of identification is clear labeling of the product. Staff members can, therefore, easily indentify and control the use of these products throughout the process.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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I think
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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why?
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what school?
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Source:  OpenStax, Food safety knowledge network basic level requirements. OpenStax CNX. Dec 30, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11142/1.4
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