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WHAT ARE GMPS?
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are the set of standards used to determine if a manufacturer is maintaining practices set by federal, state and county regulations. GMPs spotlight safety, quality and organizational initiatives. They should be clearly defined and established within each facility in order to successfully avoid the consequences of noncompliance during an audit, including penalties, plant shutdowns, fines, product recalls, negative publicity or even criminal prosecution. Though each industry may require specific components, most focus on maintaining standards around the following areas:
- Plant and Grounds
- Equipment and Utensils
- Processes and Controls
Good Manufacturing Practices are required for all food and beverage manufacturers of any size by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can also be enforced by state and/or local health departments.
In January 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to better protect human and animal health by ensuring food supply safety and security, focusing on prevention of food safety hazards rather than on reaction to foodborne illness or injury. FSMA also provides FDA with new authority to enforce compliance with “risk-based prevention standards.” The mandate is that food facilities will implement preventive controls that include the following:
- Evaluate hazards that impact food safety
- Specify preventive steps or controls to minimize or prevent hazards
- Identify monitoring of the controls to ensure they are working
- Require maintenance of monitoring records
- Specify actions to be taken to correct problems that arise
Careful research into the requirements of your specific industry and the laws that apply to your facility will help your company develop its own Good Manufacturing Practices. Be sure to visit the FDA website, for more information.
A proactive approach is necessary for implementing an effective GMP program for your facility. Preventative controls can help eliminate issues before they become problems. A careful evaluation of your current products, procedures and protocols to determine risks, can help managers and facility supervisors make sure you are compliant with all mandatory regulations and standards.
Here’s how we can help.
The types of drainage products being used in your facility can play a huge role in meeting the requirements set by the FDA and other regulating bodies. Regardless of your industry, sanitary conditions are a critical component to every GMP.
We manufacture all our drains and drain products out of 304 or 316 stainless steel. They meet U.S. FDA standards* and provide superior anti-bacterial, anti-contamination and anti-corrosion protection. Our high-quality construction and custom designs ensure that our drains will prove effective for many sanitary applications.
Benefits of stainless steel include:
- Corrosion resistance
- Fire and heat resistance
- Hygiene and sanitation
- Aesthetic appearance
- Strength-to-weight advantage
- Ease of fabrication
- Impact resistance
- Long term value
All the conditions listed above illustrate why stainless steel is an ideal material to help maintain the strict sanitary and hygienic environments required for compliance.
We offer an array of standard and custom products that can also help cut down on potential hazards within your facility:
These stainless steel drains were designed to cut down on where bacteria can hide on the inside of a drain. The outlet is an intricate part of its design with no interior seams or welds, eliminating harborage points for bacteria growth. It includes a sediment basket and a ½” slotted grate for drainage. This product was designed as a solution to specifically address the issues facing the food and beverage industry.
Since we received such a good response from our sanitary drains, we have now added a line of stainless steel trench drains featuring a rounded bottom, which also helps cut down on bacteria. We offer a ¼” bent plate with slots for drainage. Our 6” I.D. (8.5” O.D.) is forklift rated and made to meet the customer’s length specifications. It will complement the sanitary drain and make for a uniform appearance.
The Eco-Guard™ is an eco-friendly solution to prevent pests, the spread of bacteria and odor in drain outlets. It has a one-way valve that prevents any liquid, sewer gases or bugs from coming back up through the drain into your facility, but allows the original waste to exit through the sewage system. It prevents flood damage and insects from entering into your drain piping, while blocking harmful overflow and hazardous sewer gases from leaking up through the drain.
StainlessDrains.com has developed a unique locking mechanism to secure your drain components. The EZ+Stop+Lock cannot be removed without the corresponding key. This solution reduces unexpected costs and downtime due to unauthorized access and damage to your vital drainage system, while allowing fast access for routine maintenance tasks.
These are just a few of our specially designed products that can promote sanitary conditions necessary for maintaining effective GMPs. StainlessDrains.com will partner with you to design a custom solution to any drainage issue in your production facility. We also can replace your old and outdated cast iron, concrete or PVC drains with a more durable and sanitary stainless steel system.
Let’s work together to build a custom solution designed to address your specific needs and areas of concern. We work with facilities engineers and architects to design drains for new construction, as well as replacement drains that will fit as if they were new. We combine standard and custom stainless steel drain options to provide you with the most effective, economic drain system for your application. StainlessDrains.com welcomes the challenges of unique projects.
Customer Case Study:
A large bank was refurbishing a data processing center in the DFW metroplex in 2010. When they removed the existing cast iron roof drains for inspection, it was obvious that there was extensive rusting, which could have lead to a failure of the inspection and penalty for the facility.
They needed a more reliable, durable and long-term solution. Stainless steel was determined to be the material they would need to prevent future rusting, due to its corrosion-resistant properties. StainlessDrains.com was referred to the engineering firm, and we began the process of determining their exact needs. We built several prototypes to ensure the design was perfect for the roof drain application. The drains were easily installed and will provide a “building lifetime” solution for the customer.
Along with working hard to develop custom solutions to aid in your compliance, StainlessDrains.com aims to reduce the work required for the cleaning and upkeep on your drainage system. By utilizing stainless steel, your drains will require less maintenance, reducing down-time for your facility and minimizing additional costs. Stainless steel also provides a more cost-effective option when total life-cycle costs are considered.
LEARNING FROM FAILURE
In the last few years, there have been numerous, very public stories regarding facilities suffering the consequences of improper manufacturing practices, most centering on unsanitary conditions. As we established earlier, failure to maintain GMPs can not only affect production and your bottom line, but also create a public relations nightmare and irreparable damage to your brand.
Now more than ever, regulating bodies, like the FDA, are stressing the importance of monitoring plants and facilities to verify that adequacy of cleaning and sanitizing procedures to identity potential environmental causes that could be sources of contamination.
Microbiological threats like Listeria, Salmonella and Escherichia coli are becoming huge liabilities for food and beverage industries. Food processers are required to develop and maintain written sanitation procedures that define the scope, sanitation objective, management responsibility, monitoring, corrective action and record keeping associated with sanitation procedure.
A facility should not overlook the potential risks associated with improper sanitation surrounding their internal drainage systems. Difficult to clean and hard to reach nooks and crannies in drains are the most common harborage sites for Listeria growth. Along with deadly bacteria, pests, sewer gases and contaminated waste and water are all possible hazards. Microorganisms in drains can be transferred to food processing and food service areas in numerous ways including distribution through the air or by contact with infected water sources due to flooding or clogged trunk lines. Additionally, pests like fruit flies, drain flies and cockroaches also have the potential to spread Listeria pathogens from the drains to other portions of the facility. Proper cleaning and sanitation of your drains is crucial to reducing the chances of spreading deadly bacteria.
A 2004 audit of food processing facilities in a Midwestern State by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported that 27.8% of floors and drains tested positive for Listeria.
Today, better designs and the use of corrosion-resistant stainless steel prevent drains from harboring unwanted microbial threats and are the best choice for strict sanitary conditions.
Integrating sanitary stainless steel drains into your facility can be one more checkmark on your to-do list for establishing these manufacturing best practices.
While achieving a successful GMP is ultimately up to you, we hope to play a small role in helping your facility create and maintain sanitary environments with the use of our stainless steel drain products. If you are interested in exploring how StainlessDrains.com can assist your facility, contact our team to begin designing your custom solution.
*StainlessDrains.com manufactures our products following the FDA guidelines according to CFR Title 21 Part 110 regarding good manufacturing practices. StainlessDrains.com sets forth all our manufacturing plants a program of sanitary standards and operation procedures to follow in the production of our products.
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