Danyluk gave numerous tips on what FDA inspectors will likely do based on a round of inspections at tomato facilities in 2007.
Danyluk’s advice is to clean and sanitize all packinghouse areas. She said inspectors would probably swab hard-to-clean spots on equipment that would be easy to reach with a cotton swab but difficult to keep clean.
Both Danyluk and Oleson stressed the importance of having written procedures for cleaning and sanitizing. They also said it is important to document cleaning and sanitizing as separate activities, as well as recording when the action was taken.
“Last year Burch Farms could not show a clean break between different lots (they packed) and that caused them problems,” said Danyluk, referring to a listeria-related recall that ended with a North Carolina grower recalling all cantaloupe and honeydew melons last year.