at a constant storage temperature of 0
°F or lower to maintain the benefits of
rapid freezing. Maximum airflow is a
beneficial aspect of rapid freezing. One
thing I look for in a diced/chopped
spinach freezer is when the product appears to be bouncing on the freezer belt.
High-velocity air movement ensures a
rapid freeze that provides the benefits
This area is the final opportunity
to exercise factory-level preventive
controls. Microbial, chemical, and FM
contamination are still a risk in this area
of the factory, and diligence is required.
When I walk into this area, I look for
indicators of a controlled environment.
I look at how much wooden pallet debris is on the floor; you’d be amazed at
how that can travel up and into an open
container with product in it, causing
an FM issue. What type of controls are
in place for forklift/pallet jack traffic?
Are there separate forklifts/pallet jacks
for inside the packaging area and for
outside the area? Are the employees that
work in that area distinguished by their
uniforms, hairnets, or bump caps from
the production area? These consider-