A new white paper from Flowcrete Australia explains the importance of HACCP compliant flooring materials in the food industry.
Food and beverage manufacturers are required to implement an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system to comply with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.
Flowcrete’s new white paper ‘What is a HACCP Food Safety Management System and How Does it Relate to Flooring?’ aims to provide guidance to food and beverage businesses about this preventive risk assessment tool and ensure compliance with existing regulations.
A must-read for food and beverage production and processing businesses, the white paper provides recommendations on flooring systems suitable for today’s demanding food industry.
According to Flowcrete Australia’s Managing Director, Sean Tinsley, the company has worked with some of the largest food producers at their most challenging plants, allowing them to put the knowledge, experience and skills built up over the years to good use by creating floors that effectively meet the industry’s multifaceted demands.
He explains that the white paper has been produced as part of Flowcrete’s commitment to advising 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.
HACCP compliance is critical to fulfilling the increasingly strict requirements of industry regulators. This is exemplified by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which stipulates that a producer must ‘identify all food safety hazards and controls through the use of a HACCP plan’. Given that most countries require food to be produced according to the same or similar principles, failure to meet the HACCP benchmark can prevent businesses from trading both domestically and internationally.
The HACCP process involves analysing food safety hazards and putting in place appropriate controls to eliminate or reduce contamination. The flooring is an important part of this process as it can encourage build-up of difficult-to-eradicate bacteria, which could easily infiltrate and spoil produce onsite and put the facility at risk.
Flowcrete’s white paper guides food businesses on the flooring characteristics and certifications they need to ensure floors within production, processing and storage areas live up to the HACCP standard. It also traces the history of HACCP, the role it plays in Australia’s regulations as well as the product certification scheme HACCP International, which evaluates materials, equipment and services used within the food industry.
Download and read the white paper today.