An operation is using a metal detector. Are there requirements in the manual to cover this type of equipment? How is this scored on the audit checklist?
Metal detectors are considered under building equipment. Therefore, the requirements for building equipment in Section 8 (Equipment) would apply, specifically Section 8.1 (Purchasing, Receiving and Installation) and 8.2 (Use, Cleaning, Maintenance, Repair and Installation). The requirements in Section 8.3 (Calibration) do NOT apply; although metal detectors may be used as a food safety mitigation measure, they are not specifically required by the program.
On the audit checklist, metal detection equipment would be considered in the sections relevant to building equipment.