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OCIA is resending this information from 2016. This includes updated test kit information. The use of Quaternary ammonia sanitizers are allowed under some organic programs with restrictions, but as they are a residual sanitizer, their use is discouraged unless required by regulatory authorities or if other sanitizers are inadequate for the operator’s process. If operators want to use quats, they must have procedures in place to ensure residue does not contact or contaminate organic product. If quat products are used on food contact surfaces, the operation must complete removal events and testing to ensure no residue remains prior to processing organic product. There are two acceptable methods of verifying that cleaning procedures are able to eliminate quat residue: 1. Routine testing SOP’s can be established to show that the final intervening step, usually a fresh water rinse of equipment or product purge, is sufficient to eliminate quat residues. The methods for testing must be approved by OCIA, performed with each use of the quat cleaner, and these test kits must sensitive enough to measure residue down to 0. 2. A cleaning procedure is developed and a sample of the rinsette is collected after removing the quat which is sent for an analytical test and if the procedure is shown to be sufficient to remove quat residue then the operation is relieved of testing with each use as long as the procedure is followed. Periodic testing of contact surfaces should occur to ensure cleaning is occurring according to procedure to ensure no residue remains. In both cases cleaning measures must be documented so it can be verified that procedures are being followed. These documents must be available for verification by organic inspectors and upon request by OCIA. OCIA currently accepts the following test kit results: Hach Ammonia (Nitrogen) Test Strips, 0-6.0 mg/L LaMotte, 2934 Insta-TEST Dual Range QAC Test Strips Micro Essential Lab QL-110 Hydrion Lo Ion Quat Test Kits This information will also be posted online at OCIA’s website. Desinfectantes de amonio cuaternarios OCIA reenvía esta información de 2016. Esto incluye información actualizada del kit de prueba. El uso de desinfectantes de amonio cuaternarios está autorizado bajo algunos programas orgánicos con restricciones, pero como son un desinfectante residual, se desaconseja su uso menos que sea requerido por las autoridades reguladoras o si otros desinfectantes son inadecuados para los procesos del operador. Si los operadores quieren utilizar compuestos de amonio cuaternario, deben tener procedimientos establecidos para asegurar que los residuos no entran en contacto o contaminan el producto orgánico. Si se utilizan productos desinfectantes de amonio cuaternarios en superficies que están en contacto con alimentos, la operación debe realizar actividades de eliminación y pruebas para asegurar que no queden residuos antes de procesar productos orgánicos. Hay dos métodos aceptables para verificar que los procedimientos de limpieza son capaces de eliminar los residuos cuaternarios: 1. Las pruebas de rutina de SOP pueden establecerse para demostrar que la etapa final de la intervención, generalmente un enjuague con agua fresca de los equipos o de la purga de producto, es suficiente para eliminar los residuos cuaternarios. Los métodos de prueba deben ser aprobados por OCIA, llevados a cabo por cada uso de los desinfectantes cuaternarios, y estos kits de pruebas deben suficientemente sensible para medir el residuo a cero “0”. 2. Un procedimiento de limpieza se desarrolla y una muestra del enjuague se recoge después de la eliminación de los residuos cuaternarios misma que se envía para un examen analítico y si se muestra que el procedimiento es suficiente para eliminar los residuos cuaternarios entonces a la operación se le exime de hacer las pruebas por cada uso siempre y cuando los procedimientos se sigan. Deben realizarse pruebas periódicas a las superficies de contacto para garantizar que la limpieza se está haciendo según el procedimiento y asegurar que no quedan restos de residuos. En ambos casos, las medidas de limpieza deben ser documentadas para que se pueda verificar que se están siguiendo los procedimientos. Estos documentos deben estar disponibles para su verificación por inspectores orgánicos y a solicitud de OCIA. OCIA actualmente acepta los siguientes resultados del kit de prueba: Hach Ammonia (Nitrogen) Test Strips, 0-6.0 mg/L LaMotte, 2934 Insta-TEST Dual Range QAC Test Strips Micro Essential Lab QL-110 Hydrion Lo Ion Quat Test Kits Esta información también se publicará en línea en el sitio web de OCIA.   O

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