Sanitation

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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:

  1. Chemical concentration 
  2. Application time 
  3. Temperature 
  4. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Dinesh Chinnaswamy

Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Sofina Foods Inc., Markham, ON

"We have hired Renzo Gomez from Quantum Food Solutions as an independent third party to evaluate our cooking and cooling processes (smokehouses, spiral oven, chillers) in some of our plants. This work has enabled us to demonstrate product safety to our clients and CFIA. We were also able to improve product quality while gaining process efficiencies. We highly recommend their services, and we look forward to working with them again."

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Margaret P. Morris

President, Glengarry Cheesemaking Inc., Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, On

"We have since a few months received our federal (CFIA) dairy processing permit. This would not have happened without your guiding hand. You brought us through the process very readily and logically and now we continue to follow the programs and feel very confident with the HACCP program that was designed for our plant. We would highly recommend your services to other artisan cheese making plants, as it gives a lot more scope for marketing which is so important for any food processor."

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Daniel Dorigiola

Co-Owner / QA Manager, Venetian Meat and Salami Co. Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario

“We have used the services from Quantum Food Solutions for a number of years to help us manage our written food safety program and validate our food safety controls (e.g., cooking, cooling, fermented/dry-cured products). We are very pleased with their practical approach to resolving issues and finding opportunities for process improvement. We certainly appreciate the high level of service they continue to provide our company and highly recommend their services”.

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Pawel Zwerello

General Manager, Sikorski Sausages, London, Ontario

“Renzo is very knowledgeable in Food Sciences, and we hired him as a process authority to help us approve a custom process, which received ‘no objection’ from CFIA. Renzo works in an efficient, professional and timely manner. We look forward to working with Renzo in the future, and have no reservations on recommending him to others looking to improve their processes and take their Food Safety to the next level. Thanks Quantum!”

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Marius Kamerbeek

Plant Manager, Erie Meats, Listowel, Ontario

“We manufacture cooked meat and poultry products at our federal facility. We hired Quantum to evaluate our cooking processes including our smokehouses and spiral oven. We appreciate their high quality of service that has enabled us to comply with CFIA and FSIS requirements. We certainly recommend their services.”

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Pete Holowachuk

Quality Manager, Winkler Meats Ltd., Winkler, Manitoba.

“We are a CFIA inspected plant certificated to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. Renzo came to us highly recommended and we have contracted him on multiple occasions to validate our cooking and chilling processes. He uses a practical approach and specialized tools that allow him to provide a fairly comprehensive service. We look forward to working with him again and definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a robust, yet affordable food safety service.”

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Stefan Cartmale

General Manager, Bright Cheese Ltd., Bright, Ontario.

“Thank you Quantum for all of the work to help us attain BRC certification. It has been one of the most rewarding achievements of my lifetime and I am so proud that we were able to achieve the BRC AA rating! By doing so, it has opened many new doors for us and also enable us to expand and continue to grow our business. We definitely recommend Quantum’s food safety services."

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Ramon Eberle

Plant Manager, Stonetown Artisan Cheese Ltd., St. Marys, Ontario.

"This is to acknowledge that Renzo Gomez from Quantum Food Solutions facilitated the
installation of a solid HACCP plan, which allowed us to reach our goal of becoming federally licensed with CFIA. Thanks to our upgraded food safety standards, we were able to get in to business with Farm Boy and sell our product in new markets outside of Ontario. His service is affordably priced, very streamlined and his communication is honest and straight forward. It was a pleasure to work with Renzo Gomez and we are looking forward to work with him again in the future”

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Julia Banton

Vice President of Operations, Kitchen Partners Limited, Edmonton, Alberta.

“Renzo has a wealth of knowledge, whilst maintaining a logical and common sense outlook to the tasks ahead. His approach is unique to that of other consultants I have worked with, in that he is pragmatic and makes light work of global codes/standards. We definitely look forward to continuing to work together and highly recommend Quantum to anyone looking to upgrade their food safety and quality systems.”

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