When the Middle East’s food and beverage industry professionals head to Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 they will be presented with a rare opportunity to meet the supplier of, potentially, every element of their production line all under one roof.
When browsing the stands, looking for materials to fit out a facility, check if the products are HACCP International certified – as this means that it has been rigorously tested to see if it minimises the risk of contamination.
HACCP International’s guidelines cover the entire process, from harvesting to consumption, and are targeted around preventing contamination incidents from occurring in the first place. This means analysing a complex web of systems, processes, equipment and building solutions that all have to work together within a production or processing plant, including:
- Fit-out materials (e.g. wall, floor, lighting and extraction products)
- Hygiene equipment (e.g. brushes, brooms, scrubbers)
- Personal hygiene equipment (e.g. hand dryers, soaps)
- Food room equipment (e.g. cold rooms, processing equipment)
- Analytical equipment (e.g. sensors and probes)
- Laundering equipment
- Pest control services, devices and equipment
Food businesses need to consider food safety hazards from all potential sources within the whole supply chain, which can be broken down into biological, chemical, physical and allergen hazards. Failing to adequately analyse these factors can quickly lead to bacteria and pathogens infiltrating the produce!
If you’ve sourced HACCP International certified solutions for the rest of the plant and are just looking for an accredited floor on which to place the production line, head to stand A2-45 of Gulfood Manufacturing to talk to Flowcrete Middle East’s resin flooring experts about it.
Next week we’ll examine why choosing HACCP International certified materials could be crucial when exporting produce to foreign markets.