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Keep Tabs on Your Product Liability

By: Steve Buckley and Frank Monaco
Posted: November 9, 2009, from the November 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Develop a system for how and where to place the batch code number. On containers, jars and bottles, batch code numbers should be on the bottom; for tubes, numbers should be on the crimp.

Create a batch code system with numbers and letters. Document creation date, the shift and the batch number, and create a clear code for the data. For example: 09315A#6 denotes year (09), month (3), day (15), shift (A) and day’s batch (#6).

Make sure batch code ink does not fade under normal conditions.

Retain at least 20 samples from each batch. The number retained depends on the size of the batch, and these should be the product samples that have passed quality control and have been packaged.

Always keep more multiple samples. If something gets contaminated or lost, ensure there are more samples that can be used.