March 31st, 2014
Environmental Monitoring Decision Tree - Food Quality and Safety

By Timothy Freier, PhD and Joseph Shebuski, PhD

For the Environmental Monitoring Decision Tree, products exposed to the environment are those that have a reasonable likelihood of becoming contaminated if the pathogen of concern exists in zones 2 or 3.

If product is conveyed in fully enclosed piping into the final container with little to no likelihood of contamination or “hot filled” under controlled conditions, product would be considered to be not exposed to the plant environment. If the final kill step occurs after product is sealed in the final bacteria-impervious package the product would also be considered to be not exposed.


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