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Industrial Floorcare for Food-Processing Plants: Ensuring Hygiene and Compliance

South Africa’s food and beverage (F&B) and related industries are strictly governed by stringent health and safety regulations for many reasons. Food-processing plants need to adhere to these rules in order to remain in production, and this process must include hygienic industrial floorcare.

While food-processing plants may vary in size and production capacities might differ considerably, there is one non-negotiable variable in the production of food in the country, and that is the standard of hygiene and sanitation within the production processes. Owners can have their own opinions on cleaning techniques. Whether to start at the highest point and end with the floor or begin at the back and move toward the staff sanitation point or vice versa is a common debate. However, the floor must be scrubbed and sanitised as pedantically as the production equipment. But in some instances, this is not always the case.

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Why Is Industrial Floorcare So Critical in the Cleaning and Sanitation Process?

The floor is where everything moves – from employees and ingredients to transport trolleys and cooked products. There are many harmful microbes and bacteria that might contaminate working surfaces, preparation areas, and even cooking utensils and ovens. The floor is the most travelled space in the production area and, therefore, the most susceptible to infection. Without sufficient industrial floorcare techniques, tools, and chemicals, there is a risk of cross-contamination from one area to another.

Although the fundamentals of sufficient industrial floorcare are often explained to owners, the rules and regulations are sometimes misunderstood or flaunted. However, misinterpretation of the rules is no excuse. Sub-par cleaning equipment and low-grade chemicals are unacceptable in many areas of the food-production workplace and could result in dire consequences for both the company and the customers who consume their products.


The Safest Way to Acquire Food-Safe Cleaning Equipment for Your Food Processing Plant

Cleaning equipment, chemicals, knowledge, and advice will vary from company to company, and not all the advice will be satisfactory to your needs. The safest way to know that your supplier is equipping you with superior products is to ensure that their supply chain includes ISO and HACCP compliant products. Either or preferably both will suffice. But why is being ISO or HACCP compliant so important?


What is the ISO?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, international, non-governmental organisation with a membership of 168 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts across the globe to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges at an agreed-upon standard of excellence. To be accredited by the ISO in your industry is an accolade in itself.


So What then Is the HACCP?

The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement, and handling to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product. To acquire cleaning equipment that is not only ISO accredited but is also HACCP compliant will stand you in good stead at your next health and safety inspection for your own HACCP certification.


Where to Find Superior Cleaning Solution in South Africa

At Pescatech, our mission since our inception back in 1995 has been to source and import only premium-quality cleaning equipment and consumables. We have travelled the globe, developing partnerships and learning from the best, internationally renowned brand names in the trade, including Vikan, Blücher, Endura, Black is Green, and Roser.

For example, the Vikan hygiene system is one of the most comprehensive and advanced systems in the world, specifically created for manual cleaning. Imported from Denmark, this system is ISO certified and includes over 100 different cleaning tools – each tailor-made for a specific cleaning job, including manual industrial floorcare. Ideal for the food processing and hospitality industries, they are HACCP compliant. Conveniently available in up to 10 bright, identifiable colours, these tools may be utilised through several departments without the worry of cross-contamination.


Why Choose Pescatech?

We have drawn on our suppliers’ vast experience and deep understanding of the F&B and cleaning equipment industries, and we have applied that knowledge to the South African marketplace. Now, and for almost 30 years, we have gained critical knowledge, gained access to superior cleaning solutions, and can now pass these skills, products, and services to you, our client. We are cutting out expensive middlemen and passing the savings on to you. Contact us for superior products at cost-effective prices, or simply peruse our website and shop online.

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