Innovations In Sanitation: Meat And Poultry

Good sanitation practices are a crucial component of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). A commitment to sanitation at all levels of the meat and poultry industry is critical to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses from infecting food processes and causing significant economic losses. Every year the food safety programs at numerous plants and facilities fail at sanitation and spread infected food across the country, requiring expensive recalls. The Center for Disease Control states that there are over forty-eight million cases of foodborne illnesses that occur in the United States every year. At some level in each of these cases, food sanitation equipment, and practices failed and put the health of citizens in jeopardy.

Innovation in the area of cleaning and sanitation in the meat and poultry market has been slow. The use of hot water, wet steam, and soap-based cleaners and sanitizers have been the status quo for years. And while these products work well to clean wet environments, technological improvements in the packaging, slicing, and other machines have created new areas where “dry” cleaning techniques would be better suited, as well as more portable cleaning solutions.

Steam has been used widely in the meat and poultry market for years. This steam, however, has predominantly been “wet” steam and can include a considerable amount of water by volume. Applications have generally included cleaning and sanitation, and more impactful cleaning like “tenting” of slicers and large equipment. However, due to the “wetness” of the steam, it is not ideal for use where sensitive equipment is susceptible to water damage.

One of Goodway’s most popular dry steam products is the GVC-18000 Heavy-Duty Dry Steam Cleaner with Twin Boilers. The GVC-18000 is the newest model of multiple dry steam cleaners that Goodway produces. The GVC-18000 Heavy-Duty Dry Steam Cleaner with Twin Boilers is a compact and maneuverable commercial, heavy-duty dry steam cleaner. It is one of the most powerful dry steam cleaners in its class with an output steam pressure ranging from zero pounds per square (PSI) to 145 PSI. This amount of output power enables the high-power steam cleaner to remove the toughest grease and soils effectively. Steam cleaning sanitation primarily relies on water sprayed at extremely high pressures and temperatures onto equipment surfaces to remove difficult grime and grease build up as well as disinfect and decontaminate the equipment to remove any harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Contamination in the meat and poultry industry poses a constant risk to food manufacturers. The GVC-18000 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner doubles down on potential sanitation and hygiene risks with two 2.4-gallon stainless steel tanks. The tanks can be filled while the machine is in operation, and one tank can hold chemical cleaners to mix water and cleaning chemicals for an ultimate disinfecting effect.

The GVC-18000 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner also features multiple attachments to include a thirty-three-foot hose with a pistol grip, a one-inch short detail wand, a 20-inch wand, and 40-inch wand with detail lance that enable swift and easy cleaning solutions. Additional attachments include multiple sized stainless-steel brushes and scrubbing brushes.

One of Goodway’s upcoming products for food equipment sanitation is the Sanitation Chamber. The chamber provides a simple and effective method to sanitize the equipment and tools utilized during food processing in a modular and easy to use design. This chamber pairs excellently with the other sanitation tools and methods that Goodway offers, such as its GVC-18000 model line of steam cleaning equipment. The sanitation chamber cleans small parts and tools by utilizing steam from Goodway’s GVC-18000 high power steam cleaners. Small parts and tools that are placed inside the chamber are completely sanitized using the high-temperature steam, quickly reaching and maintaining temperatures to remove pathogens.  This process offers one of the first and most effective methods to efficiently sanitize small parts and equipment that would otherwise take intensive amounts of effort and time.

Sanitation practices are essential to successful plant operation. They support safe food production practices that protect consumers and ensure plant production and profits. Goodway provides numerous products that increase the effectiveness and ease of decontamination practices. The Sanitation Chamber provides an easy and effective method for sanitizing small parts and tools used in the meat and poultry industry, while the GVC-18000 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner is an effective method for cleaning large and plant floor equipment. Combined, these sanitation tools from Goodway are vital elements in combatting the spread of foodborne bacteria and microorganisms.

Next Steps

Check out more information on these products at https://www.goodway.com/industries/food-beverage-processing or contact us today.

Webinar! Cleaning and Sanitation in Nutraceutical, Bar & Confectionery Food Environments

Goodway Technologies is hosting a free webinar, “Cleaning and Sanitation in Nutraceutical, Bar & Confectionery Food Environments” on April 18, 2019 11:00 a.m. EST. The webinar host, Evan Reyes, will discuss trends and legislation affecting sanitation demands such as nutraceutical market growth, increased consumer awareness of food allergens and the additional challenges with FSMA, ready-to-eat (RTE) baked goods, candy and snack bars. Participants will learn about proper cleaning techniques, best practices and available sanitation solutions. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. Register for the free webinar here.

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Webinar! Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape

A combination of legislation and trends are changing cleaning and sanitation in the bakery & snack food industry. To help participants navigate the changes, Goodway Technologies is hosting a free webinar “Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape”  on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST.  The webinar host, Evan Reyes, will discuss how the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) heightened emphasis on cleaning and sanitation has changed the food and beverage landscape. Trends that are affecting sanitation, such as increased consumer awareness of food allergens and the additional challenges with ready-to-eat (RTE) baked goods, candy and snack bars will also be discussed. Participants will learn about proper cleaning techniques, best practices and available sanitation solutions. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. Register for free for the webinar here.

Evan Reyes currently serves as National Account Manager for Goodway Technologies, a global sanitation equipment provider, where he specializes in helping customers in the food and beverage industry strengthen their quality and food safety programs through the introduction of new cleaning and sanitation technologies.

Don’t miss this important webinar!

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  • Register for our webinar on January 9 at 11:00 AM EST entitled “Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape”.
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Clean Cans: Cracking Open the Craft Beer Market

Clean Cans: Cracking Open the Craft Beer MarketCraft beer is a big deal — according to Research and Markets, the craft industry is headed for huge growth over the next four years. It’s no surprise, then, that breweries are popping up across the country, each trying to be the next “big thing”. Consider the rise of alcoholic root beer; last year, Americans spent more than $111 million on this sweet and spirited beverage. The problem? Speed-to-market may breed problems with sanitation: How do companies make sure their canning and bottling processes are always squeaky-clean?

Forward The FDA

With the craft beer market bubbling over, government oversight is also on the rise. According to Orchestrated Beer, one key piece of legislation that may impact breweries is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This FDA law quietly passed back in January 2011 to minimal fanfare and limited impact — not really shocking since it’s actually the latest in a line of amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

Why does it matter now? Because the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) can call in the FDA if there’s any indication a batch of beer has been “adulterated” or may present a health risk to consumers. Next steps include a health hazard assessment, voluntary product recall or more substantial penalties. Specifically, the FSMA “requires food facilities to evaluate potential hazards, implement and monitor precautionary measures to prevent contamination, and create plans to take any necessary corrective actions.” With the TTB set to audit every brewery in the country by the end of 2016, it’s worth evaluating current sanitization process before the FDA comes calling.

Safe and Sudsy

While it’s one thing to know that FDA rules may impact craft brewers — and that more breweries in the market mean increased oversight — it’s another to implement day-to-day cleaning processes which are both cost-effective and meet current standards.

Consider the evolving nature of craft brewers; with commercial-grade technology now available to even small-batch companies, the road from homebrew to retail market is shorter than ever. The problem? There’s a big jump between “clean enough” and “FSMA approved”. The canning and bottling process is a good example: Companies need a solution that won’t slow production but offer the same kind of professional-grade quality as their brewing equipment.

Here, the key is specialization, such as a heavy-duty dry vapor steam cleaning solution. There are several advantages for such a system for craft beer makers. For example, dry steam dissipates almost instantly on contact while still completely clean canning and bottling machinery. Better still, new portable offerings mean that no matter how your brewery is structured — perhaps you enjoyed a well-planned machinery and market expansion or perhaps your facility has grown more “organically” —  you can reach every nook and cranny and ensure you’re always in compliance. Little brews are a big deal.

Breaking Box — Upscale Wine Market Ready for Cardboard Cabernet?

American wines have secured a spot on the world stage — as noted by NBC News, it’s been 40 years since the “Judgment of Paris” which saw new-breed California wineries triumph over established French classics. American winemakers haven’t stopped innovating and are now spearheading a move to boxed wines on an even playing field with the best in the business. But are consumers and wine experts ready for upscale boxes of Cabernet and Merlot?

The Cardboard Conundrum

Boxed wines got their start in Australia more than 50 years ago thanks to winemaker Penfolds. The company developed a cardboard box and plastic bladder system which both dramatically lowered production costs and came with the added benefit of keeping wine fresh much longer — what could possibly go wrong?

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