To maintain food safety it is clear all areas must be cleaned, but is the way you are cleaning helping or hindering your food safety? Here’s some suggestions for how food and drink manufacturers can improve their food safety through better cleaning procedures.
1.Reduce recontamination and bacteria spread with efficient rinse configuration
Aerosol, overspray, recontamination and ineffective cleaning are all common issues when a sanitation team do not have the correct rinse jet. Selecting the right nozzles, but most of all, have you really got the best rinse pressure for achieving an effective, hygienic clean? To find the best rinse pressure for food safety, visit our blog article specifically on this.
2.Reduce cross contamination with segregated and colour coded equipment
As specified by BRC and other Supermarket Auditors, it is important that cleaning equipment is colour coded and kept in the areas specific for their use. For more information on Colour coding and why it matters to auditors click here.
3.Reduce foreign body risks by using hardwearing hygiene equipment
Don’t risk having rinse hose pieces in your food! Poor quality hose can quickly wear and the hose cover become fragmented, resulting in a foreign body issue. The same can also apply to other cleaning and washdown equipment such as wash guns, brushware, nozzles etc that are brittle or crumbly in their construction. More hardwearing equipment can also save you money in the long term through decreased cost in use. Please contact us for more information on hard wearing washdown equipment.
Another foreign body risk associated with sanitation is were nozzles accidentally fall into food machinery and get lost inside. Research has shown that the pull release mechanism on many quick release guns causes accidental release of the lance/nozzle when caught on machinery. To eliminate this risk, there are push-release washguns available. One such washgun is the Stronghold 2500.
4.Reduce chemical contamination risks with safer chemical drum handling practises
How you handle your cleaning chemical drums can effect your food safety. For instance, how do you reduce risks of chemical spillage? Or how do ensure a drum lid or seal doesn’t get accidentally washed into food machinery, potentially becoming a foreign body? How do you ensure cleaners don’t pick up the wrong chemical drum? For more information on safer chemical drum handling, click Here.
5.Reduce food safety risks through accurate dosage
How do you check and ensure your chemical concentration is not high enough to taint food, yet strong enough to clean effectively? How can you reliably and accurately dose chemical before it’s too late? For a highly reliable and accurate dilution method which does this, look at Q2 ChemFlow.
6.Reduce allergen spread through safer vacuum cleaning
Do your vacuums have Hepa filtration? This is one step towards controlling allergens in your factory. Check out our food industry vacuums for more information.
For more information on increasing your food safety through improving your cleaning process give us a call on +44 (0) 1522 703703.
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