To most of the public, sanitation is “keeping things clean.” To the food industry, however, sanitation is arguably the most important program in a food safety system. It can't be sporadic and uncontrolled - it has to be executed thoroughly and regularly.
Quantum Food Solutions' safety consultancy services will help you develop ongoing Sanitation Programs and Validating Sanitation.
The Principles And Variables Of Food Sanitation
Your food processing establishment must have a tight sanitation schedule to protect your products from biological, chemical and physical contamination that can lead to costly recalls and the endangerment of human health. An effective cleaning and sanitation program prevents biological hazards like pathogenic microorganisms from coming into contact with food products, while also removing physical hazards like glass, metal, and plastic.
At its heart, sanitation is the interaction of four very important variables:
- Chemical concentration
- Application time
- Mechanical action
If performed correctly, your sanitation program takes all four and applies it in a way that cleans your specific processing equipment. If done incorrectly, however, you can adversely affect the business by exposing your consumers to potentially life-threatening microbial contamination. Improper sanitation can also influence the quality and shelf life of your product due to uncontrolled, high microbial loads left on food contact surfaces.
Sanitation procedures can easily be enacted incorrectly; some companies use very basic products and techniques that don't take their specific equipment and processing methods into consideration. Our food industry consultants can see if your sanitation program is using the best industry practices.
Validation Considerations for Effective Sanitation
Effectiveness of sanitation validation focuses on collecting and evaluating scientific, observational, and technical data to see whether you meet specific hygiene standards and best industry practices. This allows us to determine if your sanitation program is safe and effective in terms of hazard control.
Some considerations include the type of soil, type of detergent, equipment complexity, employee training, among others.
Protect Your Customers And Company With Quantum Food Solutions
A Sanitation program describes how to clean and sanitize all the areas of your food processing establishment: the interiors and exteriors of equipment, utensils, food contact and non-food contact surfaces. Your plan should be designed to reduce and prevent hazards that can contaminate food products. It's important to consider every part of the process: it only takes one mistake, like one improperly cleaned surface, to put customers in danger and severely affect your brand forever.
The Quantum team of highly trained food safety personnel has an extensive background in implementing Sanitation Programs and Validating Sanitation processes. We've helped many food processing companies make sure that their establishments are safe for human health and protected against any recalls or allegations.
Contact Quantum Food Solutions today for a free gap assessment with our safety consultant team. We'll go over your process, check it for gaps, and offer solutions to improve your sanitation program.