Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification
Jul 31 2015
- Flowcrete’s Flowfresh floors now HACCP International certified.
- Flowfresh meets the food industry’s strict flooring requirements.
- HACCP International certification is a global food safety benchmark.
Global polymer flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial protected cementitious urethane floors.
This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards.
HACCP International certification is a globally recognised benchmark of food safety, and as such is an important set of criteria for businesses eager to gain access to lucrative export markets.
Flowcrete Group’s Technical Director, Grant Adamson, said: “Our cementitious urethane range has been able to achieve the HACCP International certification thanks to its ability to deliver a long list of strict food industry flooring requirements.
“To provide food manufacturers with a floor that goes above and beyond the highest food safety standards, we’ve created Flowfresh out of an exclusive global partnership with the antimicrobials manufacturer Polygiene®. A silver-ion based bactericidal additive is homogenously distributed throughout the Flowfresh material to complement regular floor cleaning and hygiene practices between the site’s scheduled wash cycles.”
The floor plays a crucial role in addressing contamination risks, as an inadequate finish can become a prime site of bacteria build-up. Not only does the floor have to provide a hygienic surface, it needs to do so in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock. If it cannot withstand these conditions then the floor can quickly fail – leading to germs and pathogens infiltrating hard to clean cracks.
HACCP guidelines state that a seamless and impervious finish must be maintained at all times, even when subjected to a large-scale food processing facility’s intense working environment. Flowfresh has been specifically formulated to provide a surface that will comply with food industry regulations for an extended period of time despite the sector’s inherently challenging conditions.
To meet the HACCP International standard, floors also need to allow for adequate drainage and cleaning. A Flowfresh coating can be laid to falls and incorporate stainless steel drainage to effectively channel contaminants and excess liquid out of the area. Coving can also be incorporated to create a seamless, easily cleanable transition to the wall and even the floor’s texture can be tailored to best suit the on-site cleaning regime.
HACCP management systems help safeguard facilities from such things as spoiled produce and tainted equipment while protecting consumers from outbreaks of foodborne illness, a potentially fatal circumstance that can have serious financial and reputational repercussions for the manufacturer.
A seamless, high performance cementitious urethane finish will also prevent common food industry by-products like fats, acids, blood and oils from seeping into the underlying concrete and damaging the substrate.
Get in touch with your local Flowcrete representative today to find out more about how Flowfresh can help food and beverage facilities meet regulatory requirements and protect against the threat of bacterial contamination.
(Main image shows HACCP International Asia Pacific Managing Director presenting Flowcrete with its HACCP International certification. From left to right: Craig Blitenthall, Managing Director Flowcrete SA (Pty) Ltd; Susan Goh, Director Tremco Asia Pte Ltd; Francis Tang, Managing Director Flowcrete Hong Kong Ltd; Vivekanandan Margasahayam, Managing Director Flowcrete India Pvt. Ltd.; Sean Tinsley, Managing Director Flowcrete Australia Pty Ltd; Bill Simos, Managing Director HACCP International Asia Pacific; Desmond Sin (middle), Sales Director Flowcrete Asia Sdn Bhd; Andrew Gwyther (back), European Managing Director Flowcrete Europe Ltd; Francis Tan, General Manager Flowcrete China; Craig Brookes, Group Vice President & International Managing Director Flowcrete Group Ltd; Grant Adamson, Group Technical Director Flowcrete Group Ltd; Mark Greaves, President Flowcrete Group Ltd; Kevin Storey, Managing Director Flowcrete Middle East FZCO)
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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.
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