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How To Stay Compliant with Food Safety Regulations 

The Role of Specialist Cleaning in The Food Production Industry

Hygiene plays a crucial role in the food production industry. Cleanliness and hygiene are directly linked to the safety and quality of food produced. Proper hygiene practices are critical to preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and ensuring that the food produced is safe for consumption. The food industry is highly regulated with multiple legislations set to protect consumers. Failure to maintain high standards of hygiene can lead to food contamination, foodborne illness outbreaks, and damage to the business’s reputation.

Specialist cleaning services allows businesses to stay regulation compliant and inspection ready. Food manufacturing specialist cleaning by SymClean allows businesses to focus on production, leaving hygiene to the specialists. In this blog, we explore the guidelines that food production businesses should adhere to, and how we support them to do so.

Regulations in The Food Production Industry

The Food Standards Agency Guidelines

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) offers strict regulations and guidelines which businesses within the food industry must adhere to. The FSA is responsible for enforcing food safety laws in the UK and sets standards for important factors like food labelling, hygiene, and safety.

The FSA is responsible for creating legislation such as The Food Standards Act 1999, Food Safety Act 1990, and General Food Law. These legislations set out the minimum hygiene requirements for food businesses and cover areas from disinfection to the personal hygiene of staff.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is another type of compliance that food manufacturing companies must comply with. HACCP is an approach used to identify and control hazards that can occur during the production process.

All businesses that trade in the food manufacturing industry must have a HACCP plan in place, which should be based on the Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles. The HACCP plan should mitigate the risk of any hazards and ensure any hazards that happen are effectively controlled. Regular reviews of the HACCP plan should be carried out to ensure that it remains effective and up to date.

Food Hygiene Regulations

The Food Hygiene Regulations set out the minimum hygiene requirements for food businesses. Businesses must ensure that they comply with these regulations to maintain food safety and protect consumer health.

Crucial aspects of Food Hygiene Regulations include:

  • Hygiene
  • Cleaning & Disinfection
    • Of the environment
    • Of equipment and utensils
  • Personal Hygiene of the Workforce
  • Pest Control
Food Labelling

Food labelling regulations require manufacturers to provide accurate and clear information about the contents of their products. This includes ingredients, allergens, nutritional information, and use-by dates. Food manufacturers must ensure that their products are labelled correctly and that the information provided is accurate.

While SymClean is not directly involved in food labelling, our services support adherence to food labelling guidelines by maintaining a clean and hygienic production environment. Contamination from dirt, dust, and bacteria can lead to the presence of allergens or other contaminants in the food, which can compromise the safety and accuracy of food labelling.

We also offer commercial cleaning services which support all aspects of your business, including your office staff. Ensuring your office is clean and organised will also help you to avoid any organisational mishaps.

Environmental Health Regulations

Environmental Health Regulations are designed to protect the environment and the health of consumers. These regulations cover a range of specialist areas like waste management, air quality, and noise pollution. Compliance with these regulations is vital for ensuring that food production does not harm the environment.

Specialist cleaning plays an important role in helping businesses comply with these regulations by providing effective solutions for environmental health regulations. SymClean is dedicated to protecting the environment and the health of consumers.

SymClean Support Food Manufacturing Businesses with Specialist Cleaning

Specialist cleaning plays a crucial role in supporting the food manufacturing industry in keeping regulations safe and inspection ready. The food industry is highly regulated with legislation included above and more. Businesses must comply with strict hygiene and safety regulations to ensure the food produced is safe for consumers to eat. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to fines, legal action, and damage to the business’s reputation.

SymClean understands the importance of compliance with these regulations and have developed cleaning procedures and practices that are tailored to meet the requirements of the food industry. Our specialist cleaners use their experience and skills, as well as the latest cleaning equipment and technologies to ensure you stay inspection ready. Their process ensures that all surfaces, equipment, and production areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. This helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and ensures that the food produced is safe for consumption.

We take great pride in maintaining the highest hygiene standards in all our cleaning services. As specialists in the food industry, we can support your business in staying aligned with legislation. Find out more and enquire about a free site survey below.

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