High hygiene and food factory cleaning standards are the backbone of businesses that process, store, and package food. High cleanliness and hygienic standards ensure the safety of staff and the public. Therefore, any lapse in standards could cause mild to severe illness, damage your reputation and cause the loss of contracts or customers.
Food processing factories have various challenges to overcome. For example, they are vulnerable to cross-contamination, harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungal outbreaks. These contaminants can come from raw food materials or be brought into the factory by the workers themselves.
However, businesses dealing with only dry ingredients can’t drop their guard either, with dirt, dust, and food particles accumulating as debris that poses a fire hazard.
Due to this, thorough food factory cleaning is essential and should follow the current standards.
What Are The Current Standards?
The FSA (Food Safety Association) dictates food factory cleaning and hygiene standards and follows HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles. The basic principles of hygiene and food safety practices include:
- Personal hygiene – Staff should wash their hands before preparing, cooking, or packaging food. You should also provide training and clothing suitable for working with food materials.
- Worksurface, knife, and chopping board washing – These should be washed using warm soapy water or commercial disinfecting cleaning products. The difference here is that washing a surface aims to remove bacteria while disinfecting a surface kills bacteria.
- Food storage – Raw ingredients, cooked, and prepared food must be stored separately in containers on shelving or in a cupboard, fridge, or freezer. Ensuring that other harmful chemicals and bacteria cannot contaminate them.
The Food Factory Cleaning That Should Be Taking Place
The food factory cleaning that should be taking place should include:
- Food processing and machine cleaning and sanitisation
- Floor sweeping, mopping, and maintenance
- Daily hygienic cleaning
- High cleaning of lighting and cable trays
- Assembly line equipment cleaning (including conveyor belts)
It is vital to carry out a risk assessment and work with an experienced cleaning contractor to determine:
- What needs to be cleaned
- When it needs to be cleaned
- Who should clean
- The time required to clean
- The required materials, chemicals, and equipment
- Safety precautions
- Post cleaning quality checks and audits
Once these basics are established, the details and implementation strategies should be considered. This might include dismantling procedures, pre-cleaning routines and rinsing, main cleaning operations, and post-cleaning routines.
The food factory cleaning elements we have discussed can be arranged as a standalone service or as part of a comprehensive, tailored package that can include:
- Emptying and sanitising recycling and rubbish bins
- Carpet and upholstery cleaning
- Office cleaning
- Floor polishing
- Exterior cladding, signage, window, and gutter cleaning
For more information on our food factory cleaning services or a bespoke quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.