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The EHEDG is as busy as ever with a meeting in Parma, Italy and plans for a conference in November, as well as numerous meetings throughout the year. On top of this, the organisation needs a new secretariat to organise all these dates. Read more about the group’s activities this quarter.
2007 is now well underway and with the passing of another year, the EHEDG has taken time to reflect on its major achievements. The result has seen the compilation of the group’s main guidelines and documents in the form of a 2007 Yearbook – an excellent way to get the most from years of work! But life doesn’t stand still for the EHEDG and important events are already planned for later this year.
With 2006 drawing to a close, the EHEDG has managed to find time to fit in an extra course in Denmark, as well as a seminar in Barcelona. Ellen Moens provides the final quarterly update for 2006…
The EHEDG has been busy recently. Two new guidelines have been published and the new Conveyors subgroup has had its first meeting. Read more about the Group’s quarterly achievements
Two new guidelines are now available:
* Integration of Hygienic and Aseptic systems, March 2006
Hygienic and/or aseptic systems comprise inter alia individual components, machinery, measurement systems, management systems and automation that are used to produce food products, medicines, cosmetics, etc. This horizontal guideline is about the hygienically safe integration of hygienic (including aseptic) systems, focusing on food production.
2005 was a busy year for EHEDG with much achieved and many developments made. Dr Matilda Freund, EHEDG President and Director Global Microbiology and Food Safety, Kraft Foods, sums up the past year’s achievements…
ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organisation in the food chain has just been published (October). This new international standard provides a harmonised framework for the implementation of a hazard analysis system to identify and control food safety hazards within any type of organisation dealing with any type of food product.
Share the expertise
Machines and Processes for Safe Food is the theme of the EHEDG seminar on September 14th at Drinktec, Munich. State-of-the-art engineering tools for hygienic design of both machinery and processes are essential for safe food and beverage manufacture. EHEDG speakers involved in work groups will share their expertise and know-how on this and related topics. See programme details.
Guideline development work is now clustered into four coherent groups:
b) Equipment and Components
c) Processing, Services and Utilities
d) Training and Education
Each cluster consolidates related topics, elements, equipment and processes that were previously dealt with by the 20-odd separate subgroups. This approach facilitates cross-referencing of industry practices, sharing of available research and expertise, as well as solutions to related problems. The Training and Education subgroup takes the lead in updating and weaving new guideline recommendations into the recently completed Training Facilitator and Trainer’s Toolbox.
Worldwide membership of EHEDG stands at 50 corporate members and 380 individuals representing 350 companies/institutions in the field of manufacturing (equipment and food), supplier/ consulting services, research and education.
Priorities in 2005 are to involve more local food manufacturers both as hygienic engineering concept practitioners and developers; to grow and extend the regional branches; to invest in a restructure of the working parties; to streamline guideline production and to adopt a sustainable training strategy to efficiently transfer knowledge from current work and published criteria to the end-users.
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