Allergenic Control Program

ALLERGENIC CONTROL PROGRAM

It is the duty of all those involved in the handling of coffee, in spite of the possibility being quite remote, to PREVENT the cross-contamination of UNICAFÉ coffees by the substances mentioned below, mainly in the storage and transport stages of the beans:

  • a) Allergenic substances, such as milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy;

The following rules must be complied with:

I. RULES OF GOOD PRACTICES AND PERSONAL HYGIENE

It is mandatory to:

  • a) Restrict the entry of food in the unit brought by employees, visitors, suppliers and food service renderers;
  • b) The following must never be done in the surroundings in which coffee, machinery and packing are present: eat food, chew chewing gum, drink beverages or smoke cigarettes;
  • c) Carefully wash hands and change clothes/uniforms after handling food, objects, and packaging which are potential contaminants;
  • d) Any kind of food consumed by employees or visitors must be done in an adequate location.

II. RULES FOR THE USE OF BIG-BAGS AND JUTE BAGS IN THE STORAGE AND TRANSPORT OF COFFEE

It is mandatory that:

  • a) The big-bags and jute bags used be adequate for the storage and transport of food;
  • b) The suppliers of packing must comply with the required standards for the packing supplied;
  • c) The big-bags must be cleaned after each use;
  • d) The big-bags and jute bags must be stored in an adequate place which is free from dirt and cross-contamination.

III. RULES TO AVOID CROSS-CONTAMINATION BETWEEN BEANS IN THE TRANSPORT OF COFFEE BY TRUCKS (BULK OR BIG-BAGS)

It is mandatory to:

  • a) Always certify the truck’s hygienic conditions before loading and unloading operations;
  • b) Certify that the truck only transports food products;
  • c) Certify that the truck is completely clean and there is no trace of previous cargoes;
  • d) Never load coffee onto trucks that do not have the correct conditions of cleanliness and hygiene;
  • e) Certify that there is no trace of any king of allergens, which might contribute to contaminate the cargo.

IV. BASIC RULES FOR THE OCCURRENCE OF CROSS-CONTAMINATION

If any occurrence of contamination by allergens is verified, the following procedures must be observed:

  • a) Separate the lot that was submitted to allergens. This lot may not under any circumstance be mixed with the remaining lots;
  • b) Contact the person responsible for food safety in your unit1 ;
  • c) The responsible person must have the form REGISTRY OF ALLERGENS in order to identify the date, place, lot, the allergen involved, the quantity of allergen and the procedure adopted to solve the problem on the occasion;
  • d) The measures adopted must be: (i) notify the importing client about the existence of certain substances in the coffee, according to the REGISTRY OF ALLERGENS; (ii) disposal or return of the merchandise to Unicafé’s supplier; and (iii) respecting the irrelevance of an inexpressive quantity of allergenic material found, by inertia.

 

1. Persons responsible for the warehouses in Vila Velha (ES), Varginha (MG) and Manhumirim (MG) are: Alexandre Tadeu Santos Fernandes, Edson Donizete Rodrigues and Valmilene Louback de Oliveira, respectively.

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