Hello All! Zach here again to discuss some changes in the food processing industry. Recently, the FDA announced plans for stricter rules to regulate food safety in the processing industry. This comes in response to a long list of serious outbreaks of foodborne illness in the past 7 years. Michael Taylor, the deputy commissioner of foods for the FDA commented, “The food safety problems we face have one thing in common — they are largely preventable.”
The main idea behind the new regulations is to instill a sense of prevention instead of reaction. FDA inspections often reveal dirty food processing machinery after major outbreaks occur. After the most recent outbreak, linked to Blue Bell ice cream, the FDA discovered various dangers in one of their process facilities. These included dirty machines, improper storage, and poor employee hygiene.
The new rules will force facilities to submit plans to the government that detail how they will enforce food safety practices in each of their facilities. To learn a little more about the rules, you can visit this Yahoo! article. yahoo article linked below:
Disinfecting, Sanitizing, and Processing
While SMT doesn’t specialize in the proper storage temperatures of food, we do know a good amount about disinfection and sanitization. All forms of food safety are important, but proper cleaning of process equipment is paramount. This ensures no cross contamination occurs between foods. Further, treating the actual food can be huge in preventing food illness outbreaks. Selective Micro offers a technology that can do both of those things!
In food processing facilities, many machines are required to assist in preparing the food for final packaging. These machines, often times, are required to process more than one type of food, or the same food from different places. Each of those machines must be sanitized between foods to prevent the possibility of cross contamination.
For instance, a facility might use a machine or a surface to manufacture a chicken product, and the following day use the same for pork. SMT’s pure chlorine dioxide is approved by the EPA as a food contact surface sanitizer. Our easy-to-use, just-add-water product allows food safety engineers to spray down equipment, and simply allow it to air dry!
Although proper sanitation inside the facility goes a long way towards preventing foodborne illness, it is also very helpful to treat the food itself. This prevents many pathogens from ever entering the facility. Although SMT’s pure ClO₂ is powerful enough to be used as a disinfectant, it can also be diluted down and applied directly to food surfaces to reduce microbial populations!
SMT has an FDA food contact notification that allows users to apply our chlorine dioxide to produce, vegetables, and mushrooms without need of a potable water rinse. We are also in the process of obtaining a food contact notification that would allow us to apply ClO₂ to red meat, pork, and seafood in order to reduce microbial populations.