You will no doubt be aware that food allergies are an increasing occurrence in most developed countries’ populations, but just how much it is increasing is rather alarming!
Some recently compiled statistics from Europe show that:
– Over the last 20 years, there has been an increase of 615% in hospital admissions for anaphylaxis.
– Up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock.
– Between 6-8% of children now have a proven food allergy and around 50% of all new food allergy cases recorded are children.
With this in mind, we have put together 3 simple ways to improve your Allergen Management, that are often overlooked in the whole “Master Plan”, but can help significantly in preventing allergen contamination.
1. Review your color coding policy – Visual management is proven to be the most effective and efficient method of communication. This is especially true if you have high staff turnover or seasonal staff, or have a high proportion of staff for whom English is not their first language. Do you need a completely separate color for allergens – one that cannot be confused with any other color on site? We now stock up to 10 different colors of cleaning and food safety tools, to make this exercise easier if you need to implement this action.
2. Stop utensils wandering – Over 65% of minor non-conformances in some of the most widely recognized audits relate to the care of small hygiene and production utensils! As we know, it is very easy to “borrow” something from another department because someone else “borrowed” your one and didn’t put it back. The solution to this is to provide highly visible storage or shadow boards for all the utensils used in an area, as close as possible to the point of use. Make it part of your SOP’s that all utensils need to be present and accounted for on their own board, before signing off at the end of a shift.
3. Have designated Spill Stations – In the event of an allergen spill, the first priorities must always be containment, removal and damage limitation. An integral part of this is in having dedicated allergen clean-up kits available, which can only be used for this purpose. Most factories that use glass packaging will have dedicated glass clean-up kits positioned strategically around the site. Why not an allergen one? When compared to glass, allergens can be just as deadly to the consumer, and just as damaging to your business.
– Article Courtesy of Hygiene Technologies
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