3A 17-13

3A 17-13

Sanitary Standard for Formers, Fillers, and Sealers of Containers for Fluid and Viscous Products



3A 17-13 applies to the sanitary aspects of the unitized equipment for holding, opening, forming, dispensing, filling, closing, sealing, or capping containers for fluid or viscous products, or wrapping viscous products, and all parts essential to these functions. The equipment shall perform one or more of the following functions:
1. Holding the container preparatory to further processing
2. Forming the container
3. Dispensing a preformed container
4. Opening the container
5. Rinsing the container
6. Sanitizing or disinfecting the container
7. Applying and sealing a supplementary fitment or device
8. Filling the container
9. Sealing the container
10. Closing the container
11. Capping the container
12. Wrapping the product
13. Applying a tamper-evident security seal
14. Other processing equipment (as defined herein)
The equipment shall start at the points where the product, utilities (air, water, steam, cleaning chemicals, etc.), container, container blank, container material, or wrapping material first enters the unitized equipment. The equipment shall end where the packaged product and the utilities exit the unitized equipment.
This standard does not pertain to the container, to free-standing container forming equipment or to other free-standing equipment including, but not limited to cappers, labelers, printers, daters, applicators of supplementary fitments or devices or wrappers not furnished as part of the unitized equipment.
To conform to this 3-A Sanitary Standard, formers, fillers, and sealers, shall conform to the following criteria for design, materials of construction, fabrication techniques and installation, as applicable, and the current revisions or editions of all referenced documents cited herein.

Additional Info

Author 3-A Sanitary Standards
Published by 3A
Document type Standard
Theme /subgroups/2342
Number of pages 21
Replace 3A 17-12,3A 17-11,3A 23-06,3A 23-05,3A 17-10,3A 23-04
Keyword 3A 17-13