The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer
our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry.
Holly Henschen, Editor
Acquiring new equipment is a multifaceted process for food manufacturers. Aside from the capital outlay and determining which pieces
of equipment best suit the facility and processes, the equipment must
also be integrated into existing plant procedures. The Hazard Analysis
and Critical Control Points (HAACP) plans undertaken by many food manufacturers are vital to ensuring food safety. Food Manufacturing polled
readers about their equipment acquisition processes and how HACCP
plays into them.
Nearly 65 percent of respondents said they had not made an equipment acquisition in their facility in the last 12 months that led to an
update in their HACCP plans. However, 35 percent said they had made
an acquisition that necessitated a HACCP plan update.
Almost 70 percent of respondents said they make their food safety
plans available to vendors when they are purchasing equipment in order
to ensure that the equipment works with their HACCP plans. Thirty percent said they did not.
Nearly 57 percent of respondents said they would adjust their HACCP
plans to meet changes brought by new equipment. Almost 43 percent
said they try to ensure that all new equipment purchases require no
updates to HACCP plans.
Overall, approximately 52 percent of respondents said their facility has
made changes to its HACCP plans in order to comply with FSMA. Another
48 percent said their facility has not made changes to its HACCP plans
for that purpose.
Nearly 68 percent of respondents said their facility had to acquire new
equipment in the past 24 months in order to stay compliant with changing regulations, while 32 percent said they have not.
The types of equipment purchases that require an update to respondents’ facilities HACCP plans varied. See the list below. Note that the
sum of responses exceeds 100 percent, as multiple types of equipment
Mixers, Blenders, Grinders: 53 percent
New Packaging Equipment: 33 percent
Sensors/Detectors: 32 percent
HVAC/Air handlers: 29 percent
Pumps/Valves: 25 percent
Bulk handling equipment: 25 percent
Conveyors: 24 percent
Large storage tanks/vessels: 24 percent
Form fill seal systems: 23 percent
Palletizers/Cartoners/Stretch wrappers: 9 percent
Equipment acquisition budgets have been largely unchanged in the
last year, according to 56 percent of respondents. However, 31 percent
said their budget has increased in that timeframe. Another 13 percent
said their equipment budget has decreased in the last 12 months.
Eighty-four percent of respondents said equipment manufacturers are
aware of and sensitive to the need for food manufacturers to maintain
high sanitary levels and meet food safety standards when discussing
new equipment acquisitions. Nearly 16 percent said the opposite.
Sixty-two percent of respondents said food safety is a very important
factor in their equipment purchasing decisions. Nearly 30 percent said
it was somewhat important. Almost three percent said food safety was
a little important in their equipment purchasing decisions. Five percent
said the matter was not important at all. ◆
Has your facility had to acquire
new equipment in the past 24 months
in order to stay compliant with
How has your equipment acquisition
budget changed over the past 12 months?
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
The budget has increased 30.70%