Processed food products are popular for their convenience. But their production, like any food production, requires care. Mishandling during processing may lead to outbreaks of diseases due to bacteria, such as salmonella, campylobacter, and others. Such outbreaks can endanger consumers, and as a result, lead to devastating results for your business.
So it’s crucial to not only follow standard protocol in food production, but also implement the following safety procedures:
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Food processing facilities can harbor harmful microorganisms, which may cause food poisoning. It is therefore important to maintain high standards of hygiene at the plant. A thorough cleaning routine needs to be set to see to it that the entire facility is regularly cleaned. But you’ll need to use different cleaners for different areas of your business. For example, your Salt Lake City offices may need janitorial services while your production facility in Provo will require a facility management service specializing in salmonella and contamination control.
Your staff needs to observe high personal hygiene standards, too. They should always wear protective clothing while at work, minimize contact with the food, and not come into work when unwell. They should also be sensitized on first aid strategies, such as treatment of sores and cuts to prevent contamination.
Pest and Rodent Control
Pest and rodents can pose a serious challenge to food safety. If not properly controlled they can breed in certain areas of the processing plants. They can easily contaminate food and spread food-borne diseases. Rodents can also destroy the facility’s fixtures and equipment. It is therefore important to invest in efficient monitoring and detection to prevent pests from entering the plant or contaminating the food at any stage. A proper waste management procedure will also minimize the prevalence of pests and rodents at the plant.
Facility and Equipment Design
Ensure that the design of the facility and equipment meet correct standards to guarantee food safety. The materials should be safe strong and durable that can withstand harsh weather. The facility should also be well ventilated to allow for proper air circulation. Avoid pest infested and pollution-prone areas while designing the facility.
The design of the equipment ought to be properly done to prevent food contamination. The machinery need to feature design that enables easy accessibility and efficient cleaning. You need to cover hollow spaces to seal any paths that pests and rodents may explore.
Regular staff training is necessary to ensure that they follow safety procedures. The training, however, shouldn’t stop upon hiring. Your facility needs to ensure periodic training because new hazards may arise and new protocols may need updates.
It is critical for everyone on your staff to adhere to a “safety first” mentality and to recognize their responsibility in protecting every employee. You can hire professional trainers to develop a manual that ensures engagement and compliance from your workers.
Your processed food products are popular. Ensure their integrity and the continued patronage of your consumers by prioritizing food safety in your facilities. Meet prevailing standards in food production. Keep your employees safe. And ensure the longevity of your business.