With news of foodborne outbreaks surfacing practically every week, frantic searches for the culprits often boil down to one issue: cleanliness.
According to Jim Mann, founder of Handwashing For Life and the Handwashing Leadership Forum, “Poor hand hygiene is the most frequently mentioned contributing factor in outbreak reporting” (see “A Recipe for Hand Hygiene Process Control,” page 14). But beyond personal hygiene, sanitizing ingredients and equipment is a priority.
“As food travels from the environment to the consumer, it can become contaminated by many factors along the way,” pointed out Tyler Mattson, who describes the benefits of gaseous chlorine dioxide in removing pathogens from processing areas (see “Chlorine Clean,” page 36).
Furthermore, “intervention biocides can affect food safety from harvest through production,” said Charles Giambrone (see “Multiply Your Meat and Poultry Attack, page 29). He demonstrates how peracetic acid and acidified sodium chlorite solutions have progressed in the sanitation of meat and poultry.
The message is clear: Effective, consistent sanitation is the first step toward preventing consumer illnesses and costly recalls. That’s where proper sanitation equipment and training come in (for example, see “The 100% Solution to Worker Testing, Food Quality August/September 2011). Specialists like Detectapro, Ecolab, and Neogen offer metal-detectable products, test kits, and training—all geared to ensuring the elimination of contaminants from processing area to finished product.
Investing in the right sanitation steps early is the best insurance against far costlier recovery efforts after a problem occurs.
Geoff Giordano, veteran editor of numerous newspapers and magazines, has been acting editor of Food Quality magazine since February. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute/suggest stories or provide feedback about the magazine.
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