Do The Floors in Your Food and Beverage Facility Meet Hygienic Standards?

DO THE FLOORS IN YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGE FACILITY MEET HYGIENIC STANDARDS?

What is HACCP?

HACCP, an acronym for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, is a process control system that identifies where hazards might occur in the food production process. HACCP puts in place strict actions to prevent such hazards from occurring.

What is an HACCP International Certification? Should My Floors Be Certified?

HACCP International is a product certification company that acknowledges companies for following HACCP standards – this includes utilizing food safe equipment, products and services that support the food and beverage industry. HACCP International’s certification mark confirms a non-food product’s ability to support the integrity and safety of food as demanded by industry expectations, legislation and GSFI (Global Food Safety Initiative) endorsed standards.

The world’s leading food businesses operate to very high standards which require scrutiny in the selection of non-food materials and equipment that come into contact with the food products – this extends to a facilities floors, too. Facility managers often have questions about USDA and FDA certifications and regulations. While HACCP International certifies food safe floors, the FDA and USDA do not, but they do provide guidelines that can be met or exceeded.

HACCP compliance for floors is essential to avoid a number of things including:
- Contamination and food-borne illness
- Mold and mildew in kitchens as an eyesore and a safety hazard
- Legal repercussions

Meeting the Criteria for Hygienic Flooring in Food and Beverage Processing Facilities

Given the list above, only certain floors follow the criteria needed to meet HACCP standards. These floors must be easy to clean and resistant against chemicals found in cleaning products. Most importantly, a hygienic HACCP-approved floor is often seamless – meaning there are no joints or ridges that allow for harmful bacterial growth. Cracks and pores are breeding grounds for germs, and having a seamless floor protects against potential trapped dirt and grime. Further, seamless floors make draining water and other liquids a lot easier; a smooth, flat surface allows for liquids to reach the drainage system much faster.

One Floor, Wall, and Drain System for Sanitary Design

For comprehensive HACCP compliance, view the floors, wall protection, and drains of your facility as one entity. Moisture resistance, thermal shock resistance, and anti-microbial properties must all be taken into consideration when choosing the correct floor, wall, and drain systems. Failure to account for even one of these systems can lead to the failure of another.

Stonhard Solutions for Food & Beverage Facilities

Stonhard currently has HACCP (Hazard Control and Critical Control Point) International Certification on six flooring products used within the food & beverage industry. We are committed to providing safe and sanitary products for industry, and in doing so, have partnered with Blucher drains and PolySto wall curbs to provide a Total Hygienic Solution.