BRC的规定和可金属探测笔

在任何行业中,签字笔都是一种主要产品。然而,为了确保食品和饮料行业严格的食品安全和产品完整性要求,在这样的环境中使用的笔必须是食品安全的,而且可能不像你最初认为的那么简单。签字笔有丢失或损坏的可能,虽然这在普通办公室可能不是问题,但在准备食物和饮料的地方却是问题。

The humble pen is a staple item in any industry. However, to ensure that rigorous food safety and product integrity requirements are upheld in the food and beverage industry, pens which are used in such environments must be food safe, and are perhaps not quite as humble as you may first think. Pens have a habit of getting lost or broken, and whilst this may not be a problem in an ordinary office, it is a problem in an area preparing food and beverages. 

所有这些都意味着普通的圆珠笔在食品行业是不受欢迎的。相反,必须使用可检测的笔。BRC于2018年8月发布了《食品安全全球标准第8期》(Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8),对检测笔的使用提供了更具体的指导。这给一些食品工厂使用的普通笔带来了潜在的问题。

All of this means ordinary ball point or fountain pens are a no-go in the food industry. Instead, detectable pens must be used. BRC’s Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 was launched in August 2018 and provides more specific guidance relating to the use of detectable pens. This presents potential problems to the pens that some food factories have been using. 

一:普通笔给食品行业带来了几个关键风险。

对于一名工作人员来说,很容易在不经意间放下一支笔去完成另一项任务,却忘了再拿起它。在这种情况下,笔会发生什么变化?有人捡到吗?它是从机器上滚落到生产线上还是地板上?

There are several key risks which pens bring to the food industry. It is all too easy for an operative to inadvertently put a pen down to complete another task and forget to pick it up again. In such situations, what happens to the pen? Does someone pick it up? Does it roll off the machine and onto the production line or onto the floor? 

二:最终的问题是,在我们的工厂里,笔会产生什么样的异物或污染风险?

The ultimate question is what foreign body or contamination risk could pens create in my factory?

生产线关闭? 产品召回?

或在最坏的情况下,消费者甚至可能摄入其中一个或多个异物。即使使用金属和x射线探测器的情况下,“小零件”也不太可能被检测到——但小零件是由什么构成的呢?

Production line shut down, recalling of products, or in the worst-case scenario, consumers may even ingest one or more of these foreign bodies. Even with the use of metal and x-ray detectors, ‘small parts’ are unlikely to be detected – but what constitutes a small part? 

三,在这种情况下,笔会发生什么?

它是折断、破碎还是弯曲?

可检测笔的金属含量越高,它就越易碎。这意味着它更有可能在压力下破碎,小的“碎片”被抛得远远的。这样的小碎片几乎不可能检测到产品发出的背景“信号”。因此,在选择可检测的笔时,确保它们不会破碎是很重要的。这样可以防止小零件进入生产线。

Does it snap and shatter or does it flex and bend? The higher the metal content of a detectable pen, the more brittle it becomes. This means it is more likely to shatter under pressure, with small ‘splinters’ being thrown far and wide. Such small fragments are almost impossible to detect over the background ‘signal’ emitted by the product. Therefore, when choosing a detectable pen, it is important to ensure they do not shatter. This prevents small pieces from entering the production line.

Q1

金属笔能解决这些问题吗?

降低风险的一种方法是使用金属笔。金属通常被认为比塑料更容易被发现(尽管情况并非总是如此),而且不会破碎。然而,金属笔也有它们的问题。它们很冷,通常不容易保存(特别是在潮湿和零下的环境中),因此很难用它们来书写。虽然这听起来可能是一个小细节,但这会极大地影响团队的生产力。金属笔也以滑溜和滚动而臭名昭著,这意味着它们不能缓解控制移动设备的问题。

One way to reduce the risks is to use metal pens. Metal is often seen as more detectable than plastic (although this is not always the case) and does not shatter. However, metal pens have their problems, too. They are cold, often not very easy to hold (particularly in damp and sub-zero environments), and therefore difficult to write with. Whilst this may sound a minor detail, this can greatly affect the productivity of your team. Metal pens are also notorious for being slippery and rolling, meaning that they do not alleviate the problem of controlling mobile equipment. 

Q2

BRC 8要求

2018年8月发布了新的BRC食品安全全球标准。BRC8中的一个关键条款着眼于“其他物理污染物”,特别是笔和原材料包装。第4.9.6.2条是专门与笔相关的新条款:

在开放产品区域使用的笔应加以控制,以最大程度地降低物理污染风险(例如,笔的设计没有小零件,且能被异物检测设备检测到)。

In August 2018 the new BRC Global standard for food safety was issued. A key clause in the BRC 8 looks at ‘other physical contaminants’ – specifically pens and raw material packaging. Clause 4.9.6.2 is a new clause relating specifically to pens:

“Pens used in open product areas shall be controlled to minimise risk of physical contamination (e.g. designed without small parts and detectable by foreign body detection equipment)”.

该条款旨在使食品生产过程对消费者更加安全,确保全面提高标准。因此,金属笔(通常由弹簧等小零件制成)以及一些塑料笔(无法检测到或具有足够的抗碎性,以防止小碎片进入生产线)存在问题。

BST可检测笔可以伸缩但是没有弹簧,这大大降低了因为弹簧等小零件而给食品企业造成异物污染的风险。

The clause is intended to make the food production process even safer for consumers, ensuring continuous improvements in standards across the board. As such, it is problematic for metal pens, which are often made with small parts such as springs, as well as for some plastic pens that are not detectable or shatter-resistant enough to prevent small fragments entering the production line should pens be shattered. 

Q3

BST可检测笔

这一条款使得在食品工业中使用可检测笔变得更加复杂。这可能意味着工厂将不得不改变他们使用的笔类型,可能会扰乱他们的供应链。然而,对于那些使用BST可检测笔的人来说,这不是一个问题,他们按照“检测前预防”的原则操作。因为他们的金属检测笔是为了防止而不是治疗,他们已经符合新的BRC条款。

Thisclause makes the use of detectable pens in the food industry much more complicated. This may mean that factories will have to change the types of pens they use, potentially disrupting their supply chains. However, this is not a problem for those using Retreeva Global pens who operate on the principle of ‘prevention before detection’. Because their metal detectable pens are designed to prevent rather than cure, they are already compliant with the new BRC clause. 

Q4

使用BST可检测笔的几个原因

BST笔可被异物检测设备(金属和X射线)检测到,几乎不易破损;它们不易破裂、折断或破碎。在不合理和非自然的力量下,它们可能弯曲或扭曲。然而,它们停留在大的,容易看到的碎片,所有这些都可以通过金属和X射线检测探测。

BST pens are detectable by foreign body detection equipment (metal and x-ray) and are virtually unbreakable; they are not prone to cracking, snapping or shattering. Under unreasonable and un-natural force, they may bend or distort. However, they stay in large, easily visible pieces, all of which are detectable by metal and x-ray detection. 

如下视频所示:我们用BST可检测笔做了实验,实验部位为基本上所有笔中最薄弱的部位“笔夹部位”。实验结果证明BST可检测笔,笔夹在没有工具或者外力的帮助下很难靠人力将它从笔上拆卸下来。基本上保证了笔的坚固度~~

为符合BRC 8要求做准备

虽然这些新要求在8月生效,但2019年1月是审计执行的预期日期。因此,准备工作对于确保合规性很重要。我们建议根据第4.9.6.2条检查您当前的笔,并考虑如何降低异物的风险,提高您使用的笔的可检测性。为什么不在当前可检测的笔上进行快速测试?你能解释每一块(或碎片/碎片)以确保它们不会造成异物危害吗?

Whilst these new requirements took effect in August, January 2019 was the expected date for audit enforcement. Therefore preparation is important to ensure compliance. We suggest checking your current pens against clause 4.9.6.2 and thinking about how you can reduce the risks of foreign bodies, and improve the detectability of the pens that you use. Why not conduct a snap test on your current detectable pen? Can you account for every piece (or splinter/shard) to ensure they do not create a foreign body hazard? 

如上图所示:我们将BST可检测笔分3次做实验,以下是实验数据:

(1):如果现场检测器检测到5.0毫米或更小的亚铁,则无论方向如何,都将检测到笔。

(2):如果现场检测器检测到2.0毫米或更小的亚铁,则无论方位如何,都将检测到笔壳.

(3):如果现场探测器探测到1.0毫米或更小的黑色,则无论方向如何,都会检测到笔.

BST可检测笔将最大限度的降低给企业带来异物污染的风险。

很多伙伴在使用可检测笔是不清楚笔芯的替换流程,下图是一份换笔芯的流程,有需要的朋友可以看一下哦~~