Hygiene & Cleaning

Allergens require specialised cleaning techniques to prevent cross contamination in the food factory

Cleaning to prevent allergen cross contamination

By Gwen Ridler

Cleaning is an essential part of allergen control in the food factory, but special care must be taken to choose the appropriate method to avoid cross contamination, warned Christeyns Food Hygiene Technical Director Peter Littleton.

Alfa Laval's PlusClean system reduces water consumption by 80% compared to other disinfection systems

Alfa Laval debuts new clean-in-place system

By Gwen Ridler

A new clean-in-place (CIP) system that guarantees total coverage during the sterilisation process and an 80% reduction in water consumption has been developed by Alfa Laval.

The systems' Human Machine Interfaces are able to withstand the harshest washdown treatment

Mettler Toledo launches detection and weighing combos

By Rod Addy

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has launched a series of smart-design, washdown-resistant product inspection systems, integrating sophisticated checkweighing and metal detection technologies for manufacturers of packaged food, including dairy and meat...

Food safety never sleeps

Food safety never sleeps

By Jerome Smail

In a world where COVID-19 has forced a readjustment of priorities in so many areas, food safety has rightly remained at the very top of the agenda for producers.

Incorporating new equipment into a factory can create cross contamination challenges

Cross contamination and cleaning in factory design

By Gwen Ridler

Issues surrounding cross contamination and hygiene must be at the forefront of a producer’s mind when integrating new machinery into their factories, according to Mariane Hodgkinson, hygiene consultant for specialist cleaning equipment supplier Hillbrush.

COVID-19 disruption and the new tech norm

COVID-19 disruption and the new tech norm

By Gwen Ridler

Digital technology and the disruption caused by COVID-19 has helped accelerate technology adoption in the food and drink industry and advance food safety practices, according to a panel of industry experts.

Smith: 'The global food industry is collectively recognising the importance of hygienic design'

Ask The Expert, In Collaboration with the Institute of Food Science & Technology

Ask the Expert: Vikan global specialist on hygienic design

By Debra Smith

Debra Smith, a fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and global hygiene specialist at Vikan describes her background and analyses the hygienic design of food processing equipment.

Policing the pollution of watercourses is fraught with difficulties

Food processors face environmental permit probe

By Gwen Ridler

A total of 52 companies with permits to discharge effluent from food into rivers and streams are being investigated by the Environment Agency (EA) for possibly polluting watercourses.

The 90-minute webinar will explore food safety risk management in an unstable world

Food Safety Briefing webinar live on 7 October

By Rod Addy

Risk management in an age of disruption will be the topic of Food Manufacture's annual Food Safety Briefing webinar, which will air on the 7 October, tackling topics such as food fraud.

Vestey Foods' Thompson uses thermal processing and allergen control as examples

Technical Opinion

Food safety: why validations and 'worst-case scenarios' are vital

By Chris Thompson

Even technical experts sometimes confuse validations with verifications, but both are crucial aspects of food safety processes, as is the 'worst-case scenario' approach, argues Chris Thompson, technical manager at Vestey Foods UK.

Fraunhofer Institute's new cleaning robot uses advanced sensors to reduce man hours in the factory

Robot cleaner for food factories developed

By Gwen Ridler

Food safety, hygiene and cleaning in food factories has gained a boost in the form of a robot cleaner developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Dresden.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the industry to excel itself to support charities, the NHS, consumers and colleagues

Food industry coronavirus support efforts swell

By Rod Addy

Food industry coronavirus support initiatives continue to build momentum, with a host of firms rallying to aid the vulnerable, NHS staff and their peers in the sector.

All William Reed food shows at the NEC have been postponed

William Reed food shows postponed due to coronavirus

By Rod Addy

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health situation, William Reed has taken the difficult decision to postpone its UK Food Shows, originally scheduled to take place at Birmingham NEC from 30 March to 1 April.

Natures Way Foods introduces waste handling solution

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Natures Way Foods introduces waste handling solution

By Michelle Perrett

Natures Way Foods, the fresh convenience manufacturer, has introduced an automated waste handling solution to dispose of waste at its coleslaw and potato salad processing facility.

Shiga-toxin infected beef has been a cause of concern

EU germ threats ranked, with STEC now third

By Rod Addy

Shiga-toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) are now the third most common cause of foodborne disease, with campylobacter strains first and strains of salmonella second, according to the EU One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report.

Listeria outbreaks have claimed lives across the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands this year

Court Order backs phage use against listeria

By Rod Addy

Food firms can keep using phages to fight listeria on ready-to-eat foods in the absence of a developed EU legal framework, according to a European Court of Justice Court Order.

Dr Derek Watson from the University of Sunderland will look at embedding a food safety culture in a food factory

Food Safety Briefing 2019

Less than a week to Food Safety Briefing

By Rod Addy

There is now less than a week to go to Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Briefing, which will run from 2.30pm – 4pm UK time on 15 October.

The webinar, which is free to attend, will exclusively reveal the results of Food Manufacture’s annual food safety survey

Food Safety Briefing to explore allergen issues

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Briefing will cover emerging allergen issues in the wake of Natasha’s Law coming into force earlier this month, alongside a range of other essential topics.

The factory makes Hula Hoops and own-label Hula Hoop-style products

Hygiene allegations spark KP Snacks Ashby probe

By Rod Addy

KP Snacks has launched an investigation into its Ashby-de-la-Zouch factory, which makes Hula Hoops and Hula-Hoops-style own-label products for major retailers, following anonymous hygiene allegations raised against it.

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