October 07, 2015

Food Handling And Processing Equipment Cleaning

125837060_xlWhen you are working in the food industry, you have to admit that you have been handed one of the greatest responsibilities in our society. Because we do not hunt and gather anymore, we now rely on food processing facilities to not only provide our food, but to also make sure that it has been properly sanitized. One mistake at a food processing plant and the product could become contaminated, and this could lead to bouts of food poisoning.

This is the last thing you want. Not only can it lead to legal action against you and your company, it can also lead to the deaths of those affected. That being said, keeping your equipment clean should be of the utmost importance, no matter what types of food you handle. From lettuce to meat cuts, it’s all relevant and it all requires cleaning.

Break it Down

In order to facilitate proper cleaning of your equipment it is important to disassemble and clean all of the parts simultaneously at regular intervals. This often happens between shifts, assuming each shift is about eight hours in length. Fortunately, most equipment, especially in the food service industry, is modular and is intended for disassembly. The problem with this however is that it can take a considerably long time to actually clean and disinfect. This is where choosing the right cleaning system comes into play. It can be a bit expensive, but considering the amount of downtime you would experience if you had to wash everything by hand, the cost is well worth it.

Cleaning and Sanitizing all in One Shot

It is strongly recommended that you find equipment capable of both cleaning and sanitizing so that the two activities do not need to be done separately. This is a great way of saving both time and money as it means less downtime for the business. Remember, federal law requires you to shut down and clean the equipment, but it does not dictate whether or not you find the fastest way to get it done. You can clean without being forced to lose money during operating hours!

What Needs Cleaned?

There are a number of items that will need to be cleaned at a food processing plat quite regularly and these items can include:

  • Cookers
  • Mixers
  • Kettles
  • Blades
  • Tanks
  • Drums
  • Resivoirs
  • Etc

Because all of these items will typically be comprised of stainless steel, they are all very easy to clean – it’s just a question of how fast you can do it. The right pressure washing system however will make short work of what would otherwise be a very irritating chore which makes it all the more important o make sure you have the right one at hand.

As with any other industry, pressure washers are highly recommended because they are appropriate for a number of situations including:

  • Conveyor Belts
  • Standard Equipment
  • Hood Duct Cleaning
  • Kitchen
  • Milk/Dairy Product Cleaning
  • Meat Processing Equipment Cleaning
  • And much, much more

Electric pressure washers are the obvious choice for a few reasons. First of all, they are capable of removing dirt, grime, and grease deposits within seconds, allowing your machinery to get back to the job it was designed for. Secondly, unlike gas pressure washers, electric washers are almost completely noiseless. They will not cause the same disturbance, which, while not exactly a necessity, is quite nice. Finally, electric pressure washers do not emit the same fumes that you will find in a gas pressure washer, meaning you have no risk of your equipment becoming contaminated.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to choose an electric pressure washer, but it still all comes down to making sure you choose the right one. What do we mean by this exactly? Selecting the right pressure washer depends on a myriad of factors. For example, how much ground do you need it to cover? How fast do you need it to heat up? Almost all pressure washers, particularly those that are well suited to food service will come standard with a heating element so that the device will be able to switch between hot and cold on command, but the speed at which it does so varies.

These are all things that you need to take into consideration, but in the end, choosing a pressure washer and applying it in the right situations is just a part of making sure your business functions.


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