Use of shipping containers as storage facilities
New Zealand Food Safety Authority
Date: 9 December 2008
From: Carol Barnao Director,( Standards)
This FYI is provided specifically to provide guidance regarding the storage of sealed shipping containers onsite prior to dispatch to the port, or the use of shipping containers onsite for product storage.
NZFSA does not prohibit the use of shipping containers for this purpose. The following should apply:
1. This storage activity must be included within the scope of the operators RMP and the containers added to the site plan as an extension of the RMP scope. This would be considered a minor amendment to the RMP, so evaluation is not required.
2. The operator must document the location, refrigeration capability as applicable and timeframes of the shipping containers onsite.
3. Containers must be placed on sealed surfaces only.
4. Adequate security must be provided.
5. This storage situation must be subject to regular company monitoring and control as for the rest of the site.
6. Shipping containers for this purpose must meet minimum current industry requirements, e.g.: for construction, hygiene, pest control.
The Recognised Agencies should exercise robust judgement during verification, with particular emphasis on record keeping, and where relevant export requirements, for example maintenance of product integrity and security. This may result in increased verification to ensure that minimum safety and security outcomes are met. Consideration must be given to any OMAR requirements in this regard.
Disclaimer: This ‘For Your Information’ is intended for use as a guideline only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. NZFSA endeavours to keep this information current and accurate. However, it may be subject to change without notice. NZFSA will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on this information.
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