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Tip of the Week: Your Fitness Tracker Could Violate GMPs
Tip of the Week: Your Fitness Tracker Could Violate GMPs

It seems like everybody is tracking their steps as a way to motivate themselves and improve their fitness. But should fitness trackers be worn by employees in food manufacturing facilities? Historically, all jewelry and watches have been prohibited, so does wearing a fitness tracker violate GMP regulations?

Let’s first take a look at the GMP in question:

“Part 117. 10 (4) Removing all unsecured jewelry and other objects that might fall into food, equipment, or containers, and removing hand jewelry that cannot be adequately sanitized during periods in which food is manipulated by hand. If such hand jewelry cannot be removed, it may be covered by material which can be maintained in an intact, clean, and sanitary condition and which effectively protects against the contamination by these objects of the food, food-contact surfaces, or food-packaging materials.”

With the GMP in mind, the decision to make an exception to your current policy of “No jewelry” is entirely your decision to make. If you can demonstrate there is no risk to the products, there is no violation of the GMPs. However, we caution about making an exception to your current policy. It is easiest to make the policy and manage the policy, rather than manage exceptions to the policy. We encourage you to consider the fitness tracker a piece of jewelry and therefore not permitted in your plant as your current policy is “no jewelry.”

Visit our website to learn more about GMPs or schedule a GMP inspection.








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Avatar  Rafael 2 months agoReply

As long as the device can be adequately sanitized (waterproof devices can be sanitized with 70% IPA and/or other cleaners), covered by material which can be maintained in an intact, clean, and sanitary condition and which effectively protects against the contamination by these objects of the food, food-contact surfaces, or food-packaging materials (such as worn under gloves), and I will add this last one: that is in good condition (pieces not falling off, worn out, damaged screen, etc.) I see no problem. Education and training is the key to a successful program, that is why I do not agree with the statement "It is easiest to make the policy and manage the policy, rather than manage exceptions to the policy." We should make policies that make sense, are current, and educate employees on those policies, rather than making policies that are "easy."

Avatar  CHEF DANIEL 2 months agoReply

FOR ME IT IS OBVIOUS THAT FITNESS TRACKER ARE NOT ALLOWED, UNLESS IN THE CLOSED TROUSER POCKET!



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