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THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act, issued earlier this year, have put a new spotlight on sanitation technology and services in the food industry. An increased level of inspections means more pressure on the sanitation side to up its game when it comes to systems, services, and supplies.
“It is absolutely crucial that food producers and manufacturers can measure the effectiveness of their cleaning and sanitation procedures,” says Ben Pascal, CEO and cofounder of rapid-diagnostics company Invisible Sentinel, developer of the Veriflow molecular flow-based detection system. “ATP testing is quick and easy, but the best possible way to measure how clean things are is to do that from a microbiological standpoint that lets you know which pathogens are present and which aren’t.”
The responsibility for testing used to be up the line in quality assurance, says Jim Topper, market development manager for Neogen, whose Soleris microbial detection system added a 48-hour assay for Alicyclobacillus in August. “But lately we’re seeing that the responsibility for doing the tests in the plant and making the determination of whether it’s important to clean again or restart production has been more of a function of the sanitation group. For that reason, we’ve focused on ease of use with systems that allow you to make a decision right at the point where you need it–on the production line, where you often have 30 minutes or less between when production went down and the point when it’s supposed to go back up.”
Shifting from the testing side back to the actual sanitation equipment side, supplier Nelson-Jameson is urging a focus on safety with its Nilfisk certified explosion-proof and dust ignition-proof vacuums.