Sanitation Procedures for Food Processors


Flat-Flex belts constructed of type 1.4310 stainless steel have been approved by the USDA/FDA for direct contact with food. In addition, the USDA has published regulations for the proper cleaning and sanitising of wire belts to eliminate the dangers of contamination from bacteria and other potentially harmful substances.

Several types of cleaning/sanitising agents have been approved by the USDA/FDA for use in food processing applications including; caustic, chlorine-based, acid products, alkaline foam cleaners etc. 

The chart below discusses some of these products.
 
Several methods are typically used to apply the cleaning and sanitising agents: brushes, scraper bars, and high pressure air/water hoses.  Whatever method is used to apply the cleaners, ALWAYS be sure to rinse off cleaning fluids thoroughly.  The open mesh design of Flat-Flex belts provides maximum flow through of rinsing agents.  Chlorinated cleaners will damage stainless steel. 
 
Important Note: Always handle the belt gently when cleaning it, trying to avoid bending or pulling on the individual wire strands.  Avoid forcing cleaning rods and brushes under the belt surface.  If you do happen to bend or distort a strand or two while cleaning, straighten it immediately with needle nose plies, or the Wire Straightening Tool (part no. 017007).
 
Product Description Application
General Cleaners Excellent for removal of blood, greases, oils, fats and other soils; soft metal safe Manual brush cleaning
Soft Metal Safe 
Alkaline Foam Cleaners
Formulated to remove blood, grease, oils, fats and proteinaceous soils that adhere to equipment Foam, spray, soak or high-pressure cleaning.
Alkaline Foam Cleaners High performance, cholorinated cleaner, that is used in diluted form (not soft metal safe) Foamer
Heavy Duty Caustic Cleaners Formulated to remove tough soils like proteins, fat, grease, oils, blood that is cooked on or hardened on processing equipment surfaces (not soft metal safe) Circulation soak tank

 



Safety Reminder

Whatever cleaning products are being used at your facility, always be sure to read the directions carefully and use only as directed.  Wear appropriate safety equipment as recommended by the manufacturer when using any harmful liquids