Low-Acid and Acidified Low-Acid Foods In Hermetically Sealed Containers – Visual Inspection Protocol
6.0 Lot Culling
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The legal agent shall request, in writing, authorisation from the regulatory agency having jurisdiction prior to culling a lot and must provide the Agency with a written procedure outlining the culling operation.
Permission to cull will be assessed based on an evaluation of the nature and number of defects observed during the inspection, results of the visual inspection, teardown and sectioning, and the written procedure for culling that has been submitted by the legal agent. The regulatory agency having jurisdiction shall advise the legal agent in writing of the decision.
6.2.1 Cull Permitted
The legal agent is responsible to ensure that the cull is carried out according to the written procedure submitted to and accepted by the regulatory agency having jurisdiction.
After the completion of the cull, the lot shall be reinspected by the regulatory agency having jurisdiction. Proceed to section 8.0 - Reinspection
Note: All defective containers that are culled from the lot, must be segregated by the legal agent and kept for inspection by the regulatory agency having jurisdiction. A cull report, detailing the number and types of defects, must be submitted to the agency at the completion of the cull.
6.2.2 Cull Not Permitted
Culling shall not be permitted if the nature and quantity of the serious defect indicate that culling would not be effective in removing these defects from the lot.
Culling shall not be permitted when a serious defect cannot be visually detected.
Culling of swollen or leaking containers shall not be permitted:
- when the presence of swollen or leaking containers is related to underprocessing; or
- when there is no evidence of visible serious container integrity defect; or
- when swollen containers cannot be related to an overfill.
The legal agent, normally has two options:
- remove the imported lot from Canada with the approval of the government agency having jurisdiction;
- destroy the lot under the supervision of the government agency having jurisdiction.
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