Flowcrete Americas New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry
Nov 17 2016
- New whitepaper explores HACCP compliant flooring materials.
- Provides recommendations on flooring systems suitable for today’s food industry.
- A must-read for food & beverage production and processing businesses.
Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.
Flowcrete Americas has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety Management System and How Does it Relate to Flooring? to help food and beverage businesses learn about this preventive risk assessment tool and ensure that all facilities comply with its guidelines.
Flowcrete Americas Vice President, Dave McNeece, said: “We’ve worked with some of the world’s largest food producers at their most challenging plants and we’ve always ensured that the knowledge, experience and skills we’ve built up have been put to use creating floors that effectively meet the industry’s multifaceted demands.
“This white paper has been produced as part of our commitment to advise the food industry on best practice flooring, as it is essential to follow HACCP’s rules in order to ensure that the finish underfoot will provide the necessary properties for a food facility.”
As the white paper explains, being HACCP compliant is vital to fulfilling the increasingly strict requirements of industry regulators. This is exemplified by the fact that food safety management systems based on HACCP principles are now a legal requirement under the FDA and USDA for all juice, seafood, meat and poultry processing plants in the US.
When combined with the fact that many nations will require food to have been produced according to the same or similar principles, this means that failing to meet the HACCP benchmark can stop businesses from trading both domestically and internationally.
The HACCP process involves analyzing food safety hazards and putting in place appropriate controls to eliminate or reduce contamination. Getting the floor area right is central to this, as failing to do so could put the facility at risk from unwanted and difficult to eradicate bacteria buildup which could easily infiltrate and spoil produce onsite.
In the white paper readers will be able to find out what flooring characteristics and certifications to look out for to ensure that floors within production, processing and storage areas live up to the HACCP standard.
The white paper also examines how HACCP came to be created, the role it plays in the USA’s regulations as well as the product certification scheme HACCP International, which evaluates materials, equipment and services used within the food industry.
Getting ahead with HACCP is not an option, as the future of the food industry is towards ever more regulated use of due diligence programs. For example the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act and Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulation Part 117 require all food manufacturers to implement effective methods of prevention instead of merely responding to contamination outbreaks after they have happened.
If you’d like to learn more about this increasingly important topic then click here to download and read the white paper today. To discuss specifying a HACCP International certified floor for a specific food and beverage facility then get in touch with Flowcrete Americas expert team.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Americas has its headquarters in Spring, Texas and and is part of the global Flowcrete organization. Flowcrete is part of The Euclid Group, the international construction chemicals group of RPM International Inc.
A world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies, Flowcrete Group has international manufacturing facilities in the Americas, Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth.
Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.
For further information please contact +1 936 539 6700. Or visit us on the web at www.flowcreteamericas.com.