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Hygiene Solutions for Food-Processing Facilities: Best Practices and Equipment for Ensuring Food Safety

 

Maintaining impeccable hygiene is non-negotiable in all food-processing facilities. Foodborne illnesses can not only devastate consumer health but also cripple a company and its reputation. Implementing an educated hygiene solution with best practices and the right equipment creates a safe environment for food production and protects both workers and customers.

 

Today, the cleaning equipment specialists at Pescatech will discuss hygiene solutions by investigating a few best practices and some equipment you could use to promote them.

 

5 Best Practices for a Basic Food-Processing Hygiene Solution

 

As a simple guide, here are some basic but important best practices to incorporate into your food-processing facility’s programme that may help you start:

 

  • Facility Design: The design of your facility itself plays a crucial role in promoting a hygiene solution. For walls, floors, and ceilings, choose premises with smooth, non-porous surfaces that can be easily cleaned. Ensure sufficient and quality drainage systems are in place to prevent water pooling and harbouring bacteria.

 

  • Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures: Establish clear and comprehensive cleaning and sanitation procedures. These procedures should outline the frequency of cleaning for different areas, the specific cleaning chemicals to be used, and the proper disposal of waste.

 

  • Employee Training: Regularly train employees on proper hygiene protocols. This includes handwashing techniques, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning procedures, and the importance of reporting any spills or sanitation concerns immediately.

 

  • Pest Control: Implement a comprehensive pest control programme to prevent infestations of insects, rodents, and other animals that might contaminate food.

 

  • Preventative Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain equipment and facilities to identify and address potential hygiene concerns before they become problems.

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Essential Equipment for Food Processing Hygiene

 

The right cleaning equipment is paramount for maintaining a clean and sanitised food-processing facility. This is a breakdown of some of the most important:

 

  • Drains: Proper drainage is crucial to prevent water from pooling and becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Floor drains should be designed to handle the volume of water and grease used and be easily accessible for cleaning.

 

  • Handwashing Stations: Strategically placed handwashing stations throughout the facility are essential. These stations should be equipped with soap dispensers, sanitary hand dryers or disposable paper towels, and a hands-free faucet for optimal hygiene.

 

  • Cleaning Equipment: Food-processing facilities require a variety of cleaning tools and equipment. These may include:

 

  • Brushes: Different types of brushes are needed for various cleaning tasks. Stiff brushes can be used for scrubbing heavily soiled areas, while softer brushes are suitable for cleaning delicate equipment.

 

  • Brooms and Mops: Choose only superior-quality brooms with the correct bristle counts that can be easily sanitised. Mops should be made of absorbent materials that can trap dirt and debris. Choose string mops for rough flooring and microfibre mops for effective cleaning with minimal chemical use on smoother surfaces.

 

  • Buckets: These vessels carry some of the dirtiest water in your facility. Whether they are designed to be carried or pushed from one place to another, try to avoid them being used in other areas. Always dedicate one bucket to one area to avoid cross-contamination. This helps ensure that cleaning solutions used in high-risk areas are not used in lower-risk areas.

 

  • Cloths: Microfibre cloths are ideal for cleaning surfaces as they trap wet or dry dirt effectively and reduce reliance on chemical cleaners.

 

  • Disinfection Equipment: Disinfection is a critical step in the cleaning process. Depending on your facility’s needs, you might utilise spray bottles with disinfectant solutions, foaming and dosing equipment, water guns, or even high-pressure water washers for larger areas.

 

Pescatech: Your Partner in Food-Processing Hygiene

 

Maintaining the perfect hygiene solution in your food-processing facility requires a dedicated commitment to best practices and the right equipment. At Pescatech, we have been the leading cleaning equipment supplier in southern Africa for almost three decades. We can be your trusted partner through this process until you achieve this goal and beyond.

 

Why Choose Pescatech?

 

We offer an impressive portfolio of the most superior-quality HACCP-approved Vikan cleaning products, specifically designed for the stringent demands of food-processing environments. Conveniently colour-coded to help prevent accidental cross-contamination, these tools are globally renowned for their quality and durability.

 

Our friendly, knowledgeable team can help you with an assessment and select just the right complement of janitorial equipment for your specific needs. We can ensure you have a sustainable, comprehensive hygiene solution in place.

 

Any processing facility can be created into a safe, hygienic, and productive environment for food production, ultimately protecting consumers and employees and ensuring the success of your business. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.

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