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Food Safety First: The Role of Cleaning in Preventing Contamination


Cleaning is an essential aspect of food safety in any food processing plant. It is important to keep the facility clean not only to comply with regulations but also to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.

In this way, contamination risks are reduced, and the quality of the final product is maintained.

Proper cleaning practices help to eliminate potential sources of contamination, such as bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Following a thorough and consistent cleaning schedule ensures that all plant areas are adequately cleaned and sanitized. This includes equipment, floors, walls, and other surfaces.

Regular cleaning also helps prevent the build-up of dirt, dust, and other contaminants. This can affect the quality of the finished product. A clean facility is also more likely to pass inspections and audits that are often required to ensure that the facility operates safely and hygienically.

Proper cleaning procedures help to improve the efficiency of the facility. Regularly cleaned and maintained equipment is more likely to function correctly, which will reduce downtime and increase productivity.

There are several factors to consider when developing a cleaning plan for a food processing plant. The right type of cleaning equipment and chemicals are essential to ensure that the facility is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The Safic team will work with you to ensure that the correct equipment and chemicals are available and at the right dilutions. This will include the use of specialized cleaning chemicals, Vikan brushware, and equipment, such as Cleanfix steam cleaners or pressure washers, to remove hard-to-remove residues.

Our team can also assist in establishing clear procedures for cleaning and sanitizing different facility areas. This includes maintaining the cleanliness of equipment and other surfaces. This may include the use of color-coded Vikan brushware to prevent cross-contamination, as well as the use of hazard signs to alert employees to potential dangers.

Cleaning is essential for maintaining the safety and quality of the finished product, as well as for complying with regulatory requirements and improving the efficiency of the facility. By following proper cleaning practices, food processing plants can help protect the health of their employees and the consumers who rely on their products.


For assistance with the correct food-safe products and assistance with processes, contact us at: Tel: +27 11 406 4000 or email: sales@safic.co.za.

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