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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…

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up

21 February 2014 | By The European Food Safety Authority

Human cases of campylobacteriosis decreased slightly in 2012 for the first time in five years, but campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported zoonotic disease and it is premature to suggest that this is the beginning of a downward trend...

Food Safety supplement 2013

22 February 2013 | By Dr Hilde Kruse, Helen Bahia, Knuth Lorenzen

Antibiotic resistance: a major concern for food safety (Dr Hilde Kruse, Programme Manager Food Safety, WHO Regional Office for Europe)Meat contamination in Europe (Helen Bahia, Editor, New Food)CIP tank farm arrangements (Knuth Lorenzen, EHEDG President)

Water reuse and recycling in the food industry

11 January 2013 | By Anke Fendler, Environmental & Innovative Technologies Specialist, Campden BRI

Water is an essential resource for food and drink production. With water scarcity worldwide a serious concern, there is a need for industry to address the impact of its water consumption and consider ways in which it can optimise water use in the future whilst ensuring the safety and wholesomeness…

Application of vacuum in the food industry

6 November 2012 | By Frank Moerman, European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group and Nico Desanghere, Sterling Fluid Systems

Vacuum allows processes to be performed that cannot otherwise be done under atmospheric conditions. Moreover, it offers a huge advantage in the processing of heat and oxygen sensitive materials. There are numerous applications in the food industry that rely on vacuum. The vacuum required in the food industry extends in…

Hygienic design of pumps: an EHEDG perspective

5 September 2012 | By Maxime Chevalier, EHEDG Member

Historically, maintaining the hygiene of a food process required a complete or partial disassembly and manual cleaning of every component (Cleaning out of Place: COP). The 1950’s saw the development of a method to clean the equipment without dismantling (Cleaning in Place: CIP) with the benefit of better repeatability, reduced…

Microbial food spoilage: A major concern for food business operators

3 July 2012 | By François Bourdichon and Katia Rouzeau, Food Safety Microbiology, Quality and Safety Department, Nestlé Research Centre

‘Something is fishy’ is a widely used expression over a doubtful, suspicious situation, a good example of how mankind has taken advantage of microbial spoilage to assess the wholesomeness of a food product. The reduction of trimethylamine oxide to trimethylamine by bacteria associated primarily with the marine environment (e.g. Alteromonas…

Microbial biofilms – a concern for industry?

3 July 2012 | By Dr Evangelia Komitopoulou, Head of Food Safety, Leatherhead Food Research

Many bacteria are able to attach to and colonise environmental surfaces by producing a biofilm, which allows the organisms to persist in the environment and resist desiccation, UV light and treatment with antimicrobials and sanitising agents. Biofilms are formed when microbes attach to a solid support and to each other…