where germs live
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How clean are food manufacturing facilities?
The manufacturing facility is a continual supply of organic material. The equipment used in processing and packaging are often loaded with organic material. Germs that come from the raw sources can enter these organic areas and grow.
All surfaces in the food manufacturing plant must undergo cleaning to reduce the level of organic material however areas may end up being missed as a result of equipment design as well as barriers to proper access. There is a need to know exactly where these hidden areas exist so that they can be given more attention through precision cleaning.
Many of the dirty dozen can be found on a variety of surfaces in food manufacturing. They include:
- Manufacturing equipment
- Equipment operators
- Food handlers
- Raw ingredients