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Optimise your allergen control with colour coding

18 June 2019 | By

Allergen management is vital in any food business, but optimal functioning requires it to be seamlessly integrated into a site’s overall food safety management system. Potential consequences of ignoring this, or getting it wrong, range from causing a consumer discomfort to causing their death. Deb Smith, global hygiene specialist, explains…

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Why improve and harmonise food safety regulations?

13 June 2017 | By

Food regulations are needed to protect consumers. Existing regulations, however, may affect food security without any contribution to product safety and hence do not protect consumers. Moreover, laws and regulations differ between countries. In this article Huub Lelieveld, GHI-Association; c/o Department of Food Science and Technology, Universität für Bodenkultur discusses…

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EHEDG guidelines for conveyors for the food processing industry

18 August 2016 | By Jon J. Kold, Chairman, EHEDG Denmark

EHEDG's guidelines for conveyors in food processing discuss good and bad solutions, and focus on production and the cleaning regime. The guideline chapters give input to the various conveyor types and the challenges during food processing.

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EHEDG: Hygienic design of pumps

28 October 2015 | By Ulli Zimmer, Head of Sales, Business Line, Hygienic Pump Technology, GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH

Critical importance is placed on hygiene in the production of food and beverages. Strict hygiene regulations apply as they are set forth in legislation. In addition to assuring careful transport of food products, components used in the food-processing and cosmetics industries must satisfy many stipulations.

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Efficient loading and unloading of a food cold store

23 December 2014 | By Kostadin Fikiin and Detelin Markov, University of Sofia

The efficiency of a cold store depends not only on the type and performance of its refrigeration system, the building properties and climatic conditions, but it is also strongly affected by the cold store functioning in terms of its internal and interface (storage-transport) logistics operations.

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Hygienic design of conveyor systems – new EHEDG Guideline shows the way

27 October 2014 | By Jon J. Kold, Chairman, EHEDG Conveyer Systems Subgroup

With a new guideline on hygienic design of belt conveyors for the food industry, the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) addresses two of the major challenges in safe food production. First, how to avoid contamination of food through inadequately designed processing equipment. Second, how to improve food safety without operating costs…

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Chemical treatment of stainless steel surfaces

2 September 2014 | By Gerhard Hauser, Chairman, EHEDG

In January 2014 the revised and completed 2nd edition of the EHEDG guideline Doc. 18 ‘Chemical Treatment of Stainless Steel Surfaces’ was published on the EHEDG website. The 1st edition (August 1998) had been prepared on behalf of EHEDG and 3-A. It dealt with ‘Passivation of Stainless Steel’. The attributes…

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EHEDG: Gaskets and seals for food equipment

23 June 2014 | By Ferdinand Schwabe, Hygienic Design Consultant

You rarely find people talking enthusiastically about seals and gaskets – usually they are only the subject of interest if there is an obvious failure in an application, such as slippery oil puddles on a floor or hot steam spray from a leaking heat exchanger. However, it is the silent…

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EHEDG: Conveyor Belts – Hygiene in metal conveyor belting

4 November 2013 | By Roger Scheffler, EHEDG Member

Undoubtedly, stainless steel is the best and mostly used material in the food industry. The correct application of specific types mainly depends on the mechanical aspects of an application, the corrosive properties of products, disinfecting and cleaning agents. Its properties overall qualify the material stainless steel to be the preferred…

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Hygienic design of pumps, homogenisers and dampening devices: Updated EHEDG guideline Doc. 17 (Third Edition, April 2013)

28 August 2013 | By Ralf Stahlkopf, Chairman of the Subgroup Pumps, Homogenisers and Dampening Devices, EHEDG

The third revised edition of EHEDG Guideline Doc. 17 was finalised and published in spring 2013. This article highlights and summarises the contents of the updated document which was drafted by a team of 20 international EHEDG experts from equipment manufacturers, the food industry and academia. For more details, please…