Tougher Sanitation Benchmarks for Safer Food Processing Plants


Manufacturing and packaging plants are implementing their highest industrial sanitation safety measures. But as food standards and public health agencies release stricter food processing sanitation guidelines, starting new systems is costing time and money. As regulators release more sanitation rules, plants are creating ad hoc implementation strategies. 

Streamlining sanitation procedures can help ensure you deliver safe food for enjoyment around dinner tables.  

Conducting an Industrial Sanitation Risk Assessment

Food processing plants are focused on creating sanitization-clad environments to reduce the risk of salmonella, e.Coli, and other food-borne pathogens. Even before the COVID-19 outbreaks at food plants across the world, contamination risk was in the back of everyone's mind. 

Coronavirus significantly increases microbiological risks for food processors. Stricter sanitation benchmarks also provide an opportunity for your plant to place tighter controls in place and reduce the incidence of all types of food-borne contamination risks. 

The first step of any risk assessment is measurement. All sanitation solutions and microbiological contaminant benchmarks should be retested and recalibrated to ensure sanitation safety. 

Additionally, procedures should be regularly checked to ensure:

  • proper temperatures are maintained for the cleaning of equipment and surfaces
  • all sanitizers are mixed according to specifications 
  • the cleaners are sampled for microbes and chemical balances

Regular sampling ensures a hazardous microbe concentration does not build up in the sanitizing solution. 

Re-Engineering People Processes 

Some of your workers may already move in and out of the plant together as shifts changes. One way plants are reducing contamination risks is by having all workers leave their work station at the same time and proceed to a common cleanup room. 

Before the new shift arrives, you should have your industrial sanitation service team ready to be mobilized and sanitize the workspace, equipment, and floors. While previously cleaning may have been done at this stage, the two processes should never be confused. Sanitation ensures contamination risk is eliminated. The sanitation team should also sweep in and out of the workplace together to contain bacteria and other pathogens.  

Developing New Procedures and Guides 

If you're like most plants, you've added new variable costs to implement these stricter sanitation standards. These may include higher overtime or part-time costs and new sanitation supplies and equipment. Once the new procedures have become part of standard guidelines, sanitation costs can be controlled.

One option to decrease costs is outsourcing all procedures to an industrial sanitation service. To learn more, contact a company like Powell's Trash Service.


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