Frozen Food companies such as Prepared Foods/Meals, Ice Cream, and Frozen Fruit & Vegetables face unique quality assurance challenges. Because employees are continually changing their protection garments when they take breaks or leave the production area, the Frozen category of food producers has one of the highest use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the industry. Since the environment is always wet, one of the primary food concerns is listeria and food contamination prevention is the number one concern. Workers are usually exposed to cold temperatures whether it be in Refrigerated Production Rooms or in Freezer Storage. As a result, they are exposed to greater risk of injury and need adequate thermal protection. An FDA study concluded that Frozen Food processors were faced with more problems than other food processors. Deficient employee training and Poor Plant and Equipment Sanitation were cited by 94% of study participants. Contamination during Production was also a high at 81%.
The key to HAACP compliance for Frozen Food companies is durability of the hygiene equipment and the quality of the cleaning chemicals. The bacteria counts have to be reduced or re-cleaning will be necessary. Lesser quality tools not only break but one bristle from a brush can contaminate an entire production run. Cleaning tools should be dedicated to their purpose and color coded to eliminate cross contamination. To ensure employee and product safety thermal protective wear including gloves, boots and jackets all help prevent injury. Employee morale and therefore productivity and retention is positively impacted in facilities where superior warm wear is used. Today, metal detectability and x-ray visible cleaning tools and PPE are available to further eliminate accidental product contamination and demonstrate your due diligence in protecting their customers. Our new COMING SOON real time temperature tracking device for product shipments is a huge benefit for Quality Departments and the Assurance your Food is being delivered Safe for the consumer therefore protecting your brand.