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GMP Tips – Duct Tape and Vendor Audits

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here are more lessons from the peanut butter salmonella case.

1. During an FDA inspection of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) in 2001, FDA found equipment “repaired” using duct tape. A private audit in 2008 found duct tape still being used.

2. Many of the customers of PCA relied upon audit data that PCA supplied them from a third-party auditor that PCA had hired. One customer, Kellogg’s, spent less than $20M on PCA products, and now estimate their recalls will cost them $70M.

3. Nestle sent their own auditors in to inspect PCA’s plants and rejected PCA as a supplier. Do you suppose their audits cost less than $70M to conduct?

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1. Don’t ever, ever use duct tape to “fix” equipment. Conduct GMP training. Make sure your people know not to use duct tape. It is a source of microbial contamination.

2. Conduct vendor audits. Remember last year we had issues with heparin coming from a vendor in China that had not been audited by the customer. Conducting supplier audits are an insurance policy. The consequences of not conducting audits is ALWAYS higher than the cost of conducting them.
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