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Third Party Auditing

Third Party Audit

FSMA Compliance and Documentation: The Free and Easy way with MPI's Magnet Audit

MPI has offered free magnet audits to our customers and potential customers for years, but with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) taking effect, there has never been a better time to take advantage of this service. FSMA regulations are cumbersome, tedious, and time consuming.

Here is a list of procedures required by FSMA, and how MPI's magnet audit can help:

FSMA Sec 103 Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls Procedure:

  1. Hazard Analysis
  2. Prior to your audit, evaluate what metal hazards could potentially contaminate your product. These hazards are required to be documented by the FSMA. Supply a list of these hazards to MPI, and we will include them in your audit.

  3. Preventative Controls
  4. During the audit, MPI will evaluate your process and review your preventative metal control equipment, including critical control points, and help you determine if your metal control equipment is sufficient to significantly minimize / prevent these hazards.

  5. Monitoring Effectiveness
  6. The most effective way to monitor the effectiveness of your magnets is by conducting pull test to determine their strength. MPI will perform a pull test on every magnet in your facility.

  7. Verification
  8. MPI will verify your existing preventative controls are correct for the application in which they are installed. A trained magnet expert will ensure your magnets can effectively minimize / prevent the occurrence of your identified metal hazards.

  9. Documentation
  10. The magnet systems audit report will serve as documentation to demonstrate your facility has identified potential hazards, implemented preventative controls for these hazards, and is monitoring the preventative controls to ensure they are effective. Your facility should maintain this document for no less than two (2) years.

Many of our customers are ahead of the curve, and the documentation we provide with our audit serves as their proof. However, many customers would like a trained metal control expert to give them some direction. MPI will work with you to develop a plan to remedy any metal control systems that need improvement. All magnets identified as candidates for improvement will include recommended actions on our report.

Here's how these recommendations can help you ensure compliance with the FSMA:

FSMA Sec. 102 Registration of Food Facilities:

  1. Corrective Plan:
  2. (Sec. 102, Pg. 124, STAT. 3888, (3)) - "The secretary shall require the registrant to submit a corrective action plan to demonstrate how the registrant plans to correct the conditions found by the secretary."

If an inspector finds fault with any of your magnets, use MPI's "Recommended Actions" to help determine your corrective action plan.

 


 

Metal Control Audit

Metal Control Audit

To ensure metal detectors and x-ray equipment meet the standards and requirements of our industry and customer base, MPI offers free metal control audits at customer facilities. Audits are conducted by MPI specialists who are specifically trained in the function and viability of electronic inspection equipment.

Prior to visiting the facility, MPI auditors will work with plant employees to develop an audit plan and determine priorities. During the audit, the specialist will physically inspect and validate each piece of electronic inspection equipment in the plant. The auditor will also identify and photograph the equipment. Shortly after the fieldwork is completed, a written report is presented to the customer. The report includes an overview of findings, an evaluation of equipment, and a detailed inspection report. Equipment photographs are used as reference points. The findings are presented formally to plant QA personnel to determine if actions are required.

Other electronic inspection equipment services include:


Commissioning
Startup assistance and training on new electronic inspection systems. This typically includes limited installation support, system and product setup, basic training for Operators and QA.
Validation and Calibration
Provides peace of mind through ensuring your equipment is performing to required specifications from an independent third party. After each service is completed a formal certificate will be issued.
Technical Support
Need help setting up a new product? Have a quick question? Call us anytime and we will have a trained technician available to answer your questions. Should you need someone on-site, this person will be able schedule an on-site service call.
Preventative Maintenance
Running out of time to complete that scheduled PM? Give MPI a call and we will send a technician to complete common preventative maintenance tasks such as replacing belts, sprockets, solenoids, cylinders or bearings. On-site rebuilds can also be completed reducing the time it takes your equipment to be back in production.
Employee Training
Welcoming new members to your team? Have an MPI expert visit your facility to train your current and new employees on proper operating procedures for your electronic inspection equipment. Our training goes beyond pushing buttons and ensures that your operators understand how to safely use the units and understand how it works.
On-site Emergency Response
Have peace of mind that in the event that your facility has a metal contamination issue, Hi-S members can have a metal control expert on-site within 24 hours of your call to address your situation and help with a solution to get you back online as soon as possible.
RSO Radiation Safety Program
We guide you through the state registration process, regulatory compliance and training for the safe use of your x-ray inspection equipment.
Retrofits and Rebuilds
Have an existing conveyor that needs a new sensor head? Send your unit to MPI and we can rebuild your conveyor, replacing necessary wear items and ship it back to you with a new sensor head installed. We can even send it preprogrammed with your products when samples are sent prior to shipment!
Spare Parts
MPI stocks all spare parts for immediate shipment when required. All spare parts are accessible 24/7 so they can be shipped when needed.
Test Pieces
MPI stocks a full range of performance validation test pieces. This includes common contamination such as ferrous, non-ferrous, and stainless metal, glass, ceramic, bone, plastic, rubber and stone.

 


 

Magnet Audit

Magnet Audit

To ensure magnetic separators meet the standards and requirements of our industry and customer base, MPI offers free magnet audits at customer facilities. Audits are conducted by MPI specialists who are specifically trained at appraisal, function and viability of magnetic equipment. MPI audits serve as HACCP documentation as well as meet plant requirements for QA standards.

Prior to visiting the facility, MPI auditors will work with plant employees to develop an audit plan and determine priorities. During the audit, the specialist will physically inspect and measure the effective strength of each magnetic separator in the plant. The auditor will also identify and photograph the equipment. Shortly after the fieldwork is completed, a written report is presented to the customer. The report includes an overview of findings, an evaluation of equipment, and a detailed inspection report. Equipment photographs are used as reference points. The findings are presented formally to plant QA personnel to determine if actions are required.

Benefits:

  1. Ensures equipment:
  2. a. Works properly
    b. Meets application requirements

  3. Ensures magnets:
  4. a. Have effective pull
    b. Are in proper location
    c. Are cleaned correctly

  1. Ensures tramp metal:
  2. a. Is effectively trapped

  3. Ensures company:
  4. a. Possesses HACCP documentation
    b. Meets QA standards

Other magnet services include:


3rd Party Auditing
Is your facility looking for a quick and easy way to validate and document the performance of your metal control systems? MPI certified magnet auditors are professionally trained on the proper procedures to monitor the effectiveness of your preventative controls by verifying their performance with testing. Methods of testing include pull testing and gauss testing when required.
Reporting and Documentation
The magnet systems audit report will serve as documentation to demonstrate your facility has identified potential hazards; implemented preventative controls for these hazards and is monitoring the preventative controls to ensure they are effective. Your facility should maintain this document on-site for no less than two years.
Employee Training
Welcoming new members to your team? Have a MPI magnet expert visit your facility to train your current and new employees on proper magnet cleaning and magnet safety.
Preventative Maintenance
Running out of time to complete that scheduled PM? Give MPI a call and we will send a technician to complete common preventative maintenance tasks such as replacing plastic strippers, bushings, gaskets, cylinders or bearings. On-site rebuilds can also be completed reducing the time it takes your equipment to be back in production.
Quality Program Development
Let MPI Certified Magnet Auditors assist you in developing a quality assurance program that documents your magnet cleaning/testing schedule and reporting procedures that supports your established HACCP plan.
On-site Emergency Response Visit
Have peace of mind that in the event that your facility has a metal contamination issue, Hi-S members can have a metal control expert on-site within

How can MPI help?