JPA Tanker Wash Standardization

Freer Consulting White Paper Nicholas Lowe-Hale

How the Juice Product Association (JPA) is standardizing the industry’s washing practices

The need for standardization to protect against contamination is more important now than ever with the addition of more layers and steps in every supply chain. Though JPA guidelines are not a legal mandate, they are the standard under which the industry operates. The Model Tanker Wash Guidelines are now required for washing juice product tankers.  The guidelines deal with the wash process, the types of washes, facility standards, and documentation. While changes and updates to the wash process should occur, there should not be any large shifts in policies and practices.

This white paper is 3 pages in length with an overview of the Model Tanker Wash Guidelines. If you would like to know how Freer Consulting can help your organization with JPA Tanker Wash certification, please contact us.

What are the important points in the guidelines?

The guidelines specify that the equipment used has to be food grade with sufficient protection from contamination; a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is required for each wash type; and documentation, from the wash process to the sealing of a clean and sanitized tanker, is vital.

How does a facility benefit by being JPA certified?

By being JPA certified, a facility assures customers that tankers are washed in a way to eliminate pathogens and allergens. A JPA certification also opens new marketing opportunities. Independent tank wash facilities gain new clientele and more business. Companies with internal tank wash facilities are assured tank washes are kept within the organization, saving time and money by not relying on a third party for their tank washing needs.