Cleaning Equipment to Ensure Good Sanitation is Vital in Food Processing
Having a clean facility, a sanitary design and effective cleaning supplies and janitorial equipment mitigates safety hazards when food is being produced. Reducing the risk of product recalls or rejects saves your company money.
Sanitary design is one element in food safety that you can’t ignore. One small crack or crevice can harbor pathogens that will get into the food. Gaskets and poor welds are another place that can contaminate food production lines. Equipment must be designed to reduce the nooks and crannies where contaminants can hide.
When purchasing new equipment, it’s important to evaluate equipment in terms of sanitation. Along with checking for places where contaminants hide, consider how cleaning equipment to maintain sanitation. Can the equipment be easily broken down to clean and maintain it? Are all the parts in the system accessible.
Sanitation design includes looking at where pieces of equipment can break off and enter food products. Metal-to-metal contact are places where metal can enter food during processing. Metal parts may break loose. Visible inspections may not always identify small metal fragments. You may need a control system that detects metal in the food.
The cleaning process needs hygiene supplies and proper procedures for cleaning and sanitation. Equipment used in food production needs to be appropriately designed to be cleaned to a microbial level. Sanitation design demands that equipment be made of acceptable materials. Hollow areas of the equipment need to be hermetically sealed to reduce places where bacteria can hide. Equipment should be accessible to cleaning and sanitizing materials.
Design is only part of the process. Personnel should be well-trained in cleaning and sanitation procedures. It’s recommended that the team who cleans the equipment be separate from the team working in food production to prevent cross contamination.
Are you successful?
Even though your sanitation process is designed to be effective, you still have to verify that your system is successful at maintaining protocols to keep food safe. Are your cleaning products working as expected? Documentation of your sanitation process is as important as the process. Test the hardest areas to clean for bacteria to make sure the system is working. The people testing the system should be different than those who clean and sanitize.
Sanitary design is one element in making sure your food processing system is safe. It will help your team keep the equipment in good, hygienic condition.
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