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All’s clean, all’s well

In the meat industry, hygiene is indispensable for quality and food safety. This article presents technical solutions as well as cleaning agents and methods that help fulfill demanding hygiene standards.

The EU Food Hygiene Regulation obligates all companies that produce, process, prepare or market food to identify, continuously monitor and document all work steps that are critical for food safety, as well as to implement appropriate safety measures.

In meat processing, the work surfaces or processing machines used often contain high levels of protein and fat contamination and are difficult to clean. This poses a great challenge to the cleaning products, among other things. It is also important that the surfaces of machines and equipment are easy to clean and that wastewater from these processes can be disposed of quickly and efficiently. Stainless steel is currently the best material for meeting such high standards of cleanliness and bacteriological safety.

Often, it is difficult for butchers to comply with the legal hygiene requirements. It’s a good thing that the market offers professional equipment and cleaning products for this purpose. Washing systems, belt sterilizers, various cleaning systems as well as components for cleaning, disinfecting and drying hands, boots, and shoe soles ensure the necessary hygiene in meat processing companies. In this article, Die Fleischerei presents systems from a number of manufac­turers.

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