Food Equipment Design: How to Ensure Food Production Equipment are Hygienic

a woman shopping at a grocery storeWhen people talk about food safety, they often think of the end product and overlook one more critical factor — food packaging. Now more than ever, food packaging plays a crucial role in food safety. Food products are crossing states and oceans, making their handling and packaging more vital as they ensure that the food is safe for consumption.

Food manufacturers are aware of the importance of food equipment design in their business. Faulty liquid filling nozzles can affect the quality of their product. To enhance food safety, they are now considering the following when choosing the equipment used in food production:

Easy to Clean

Equipment that has gaps and crevices are hard to clean and can potentially cause cross-contamination. Unwanted food residues are hard to find and can damage food quality. For this reason, designs that have hard-to-reach areas are now unpopular in food production.

There is now a move for more open designs because they significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Equipment should be easy to take apart, clean and put together so employees can spend less time cleaning them and spend more on production.

Simplified Design

In simplifying the design of your equipment, you also reduce clutter in the factory. One way to do this is to minimize the surfaces the product has to pass through. For instance, instead of letting liquid filling flow from point A to point B, install liquid filling nozzles that can deposit them directly onto the pastry or the container. It’s a system Volumetric Technologies, one of the country’s largest manufacturer and supplier of food preparation equipment, recommends.

Exposed surface areas are vulnerable to contaminants that can ruin the food’s quality. Also, since residues tend to settle on flat surfaces, the trend is now to avoid horizontal and flat-to-flat surfaces as much as practically possible.

Quality Construction Materials

You should consider the type of material used in food production equipment. Food production and packaging equipment should be able to withstand extreme temperature, harsh cleaning agents, and high-pressure wash downs.

Food residues are not the only contaminants you should watch out for. Make sure that your equipment doesn’t contaminate your food as well.

Consumers behavior adds to the increasing standards of equipment design. As almost everybody has access to video cameras, it’s now easy to expose unhygienic food on social media. Such exposes can have devastating consequences which food companies cannot afford to make. To avoid these kinds of problems, food manufacturers should design or buy high-quality food packaging equipment that promotes sanitation.