BevTrac Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Purpose of Winery Sanitation Audits?

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  • Evaluate effectiveness of sanitation program.
  • Survey sanitary state of equipment, facility, and environment to determine risk of wine spoilage microbe contamination.
  • Improve sanitation program which will lead to increased productivity efficiency, reduced business costs, and increased revenue.
  • Lead to improved quality and purity of wine products.
  • Troubleshoot source(s) of wine spoilage microbe contamination issue(s).
  • Traceability for a contamination issue following a product recall.
  • Compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements as they relate to wineries.

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What are the Types of Winery Sanitation (Hygiene) Audits?

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  • Winery Baseline/Survey/Vetting Audit – an initial assessment of winery’s sanitation practices and program to determine effectiveness of practices and identify hotspots of microbial contamination.
  • Winery Monitoring Audit – a follow-up assessment to verify effectiveness of sanitation program improvements and make sure sanitation program is working as designed.
  • Winery Troubleshooting Audit – an assessment conducted when a problem is detected to identify source of microbial contamination.

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What is the Process for Conducting a Winery Sanitation Audit?

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  • Conduct interview with winery personnel to determine scope of audit and/or perform a preliminary walk-through of winery.
  • Prepare proposal/quote describing services and cost to perform sanitation audit.
  • Conduct visual assessment of winery equipment and facility.
  • Conduct microbiological sampling survey of crush equipment, cellar equipment, bottling equipment, infrastructure, atmosphere, and/or water.
  • Review sanitation documentation (i.e. SSOPS, sanitation schedule, sanitation frequency, sanitation verification practices).
  • Assess sanitary design of equipment and infrastructure.
  • Prepare final report showing microbiological findings, identifying potential microbiological risks to product, and recommendations for improvement

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What is the Process for Conducting a Winery Quality Assurance Audit?

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  • Conduct interview with winery personnel to determine scope of audit.
  • Prepare proposal/quote describing services and cost to perform quality assurance audit.
  • Visually assess sanitation of crush area equipment and infrastructure.
  • Visually assess sanitation of cellar area equipment and infrastructure.
  • Visually assess sanitation of bottling area equipment and infrastructure.
  • Visually assess sanitation of buildings, facilities, and grounds.
  • Review sanitation documentation.
  • Assess sanitary design of equipment and infrastructure.
  • Assess wine filtration management program.
  • Assess analytical laboratory practices.
  • Assess microbiology laboratory practices.
  • Assess cGMP program.
  • Assess HACCP program.

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What is the Cost of Conducting a Winery Sanitation Audit?

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The cost can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the size of the winery and the scope of sanitation audit.

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What is the Cost of Conducting a Winery Quality Assurance Audit?

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The cost can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the size of the winery and the scope of quality assurance audit