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The hygienic design of food processing facilities and equipment is critical to food safety. Poorly designed facilities and equipment can lead to:
The importance of hygienic design has been recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and they have established a Hygienic Design of Facilities and Equipment, Technical Working Group (TWG). The GFSI is a forum for the world’s leading food safety experts from food manufacturers, food service operators and retailers to produce benchmark food safety standards that are subsequently adopted by food safety certification programme (CPOs) owners such as BRC in their audit programmes
The Hygienic Design of Facilities and Equipment TWG has a mandate to develop the hygienic design elements of the GFSI benchmark standards to improve the hygienic design of food processing facilities and equipment along the farm to fork chain. It is hoped that this can be achieved via developing better links between facility and equipment designers and constructors and their customers, the food industry. The first meeting of this TWG took place in Greensboro, North Carolina in the USA on the 11/12 October 2018 and was chaired by Holchem’s Technical Director, John Holah. The TWG is expected to take 18 months to develop appropriate hygienic design benchmark standards.
Holchem are advocates of hygienic design and support the activities of the European Hygienic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG). Representatives of Holchem are directly involved in the formulation of hygienic design guidance through participation in various EHEDG Working Groups such as Cleaning and Disinfection, Cleaning Validation, CIP, Hygienic Building Design and Training. Hygienic design knowledge is fundamental to Holchem’s service provision in the food manufacturing and food service environment as if facilities and equipment are difficult to clean because of inherent design problems, Holchem must be able to provide mitigating solutions.
Specifically, Holchem can provide support by:
EHEDG web site
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