have the latest safety features and things
are certainly starting to wear out and break
There are some facilities using
equipment that’s much like a 25-year-old
car. The assumption is that equipment
doesn’t need upgrades or replacement if it
is still working. But, so much has changed
in food safety that failing to update
equipment and improve overall sanitary
design could have dire consequences.
By choosing to change before you are
forced, you will be much more likely to
avoid a contamination event that brings
your operation to a grinding halt, damaging
your brand as well as your bottom line.
The Future of Food Safety
and Sanitary Design
Ongoing improvements in sanitation
equipment continue to change the industry
for the better.
One of the most interesting recent
developments has been automated, or
self-cleaning, equipment. The upside of
automated cleaning is how it creates a
consistent, repeatable event, sanitizing
what is typically a difficult-to-reach or
easily forgotten area.
Self-cleaning systems, however, do not
completely remove the need for an actual
person to visually examine equipment.
While human eyes obviously can’t detect
microorganisms, the visual check for
cleanliness is still an important first line of
Collaboration within the industry is also
vital. When we’re meeting with different
people from different companies, working
with different engineers and sharing our
ideas and solutions, we can all benefit from
more effective and efficient sanitary design.
There will be new challenges and new
opportunities for continuous improvements
in the years to come.
Ready-to-eat produce processors are
coming under increased scrutiny due to the
implementation of the FDA’s Food Safety
Modernization Act. The AMI’s Sanitary
Design Principles can be applied to these
processors just as they are on the protein
processing side. Now is the time to take a
Choosing the right partners will help
food processors become compliant with
regulations while improving sanitary
design and sanitation procedures
throughout their facilities. Find a partner
that can help provide you with equipment
built with both efficiency and sanitary
design in mind.
This industry is always changing and
standards of food safety are improving,
which means it’s our responsibility as
equipment manufacturers, chemical
companies and food processors to keep
evolving and adapting to that change.
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