Choosing the right cleaning and sanitizing products
Food safety programs are becoming a requirement of doing business in Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (MRA) are here to help you keep up to date on the latest food safety practices. An effective food safety program helps you meet your buyer requirements, expand your market opportunity and continue to keep Ontario's food safe.
Cleaning and sanitizing are critical steps in ensuring the food you produce is safe. If done improperly food can be contaminated. All surfaces that may contact the food product directly or indirectly, such as utensils, knives, tables, cutting boards, conveyor belts, bins, hands, aprons, floors, walls and many others must be properly cleaned and sanitized. Cleaning and sanitizing are two different processes and achieve different outcomes, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Cleaning is a process to remove visible dirt, organic matters (e.g. organic soil), chemical residues and microorganisms from surfaces or objects. Cleaning doesn't kill those microorganisms but only removes them or lower their numbers. Sanitizing is a process where clean surfaces or objects undergo a treatment that reduces or kills microorganisms to a safe level. Cleaning and sanitizing often go hand in hand. Sanitizing won't work effectively without a thorough cleaning first.
Good cleaning and sanitizing practices start with the right cleaning and sanitizing products.
Factors such as product unique attributes (e.g. odour and colour), storage and mixing requirements for water pH, water hardness and temperature, presence of organic matters, cost and even environmental impact should be considered when choosing the right product as these factors can also affect the effectiveness of the products and consequently food safety and quality. For further information on effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures see http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/fruitveg/sanitation_guide/cs-guidebook.htm
Food safety is everyone's responsibility. Make food safety training your priority! To attend one of our free online workshops on Cleaning and Sanitizing and other important food safety topics, visit us at: www.ontario.ca/foodsafety or call: 1-877-424-1300. Food safety practices keep agri-food businesses competitive, productive and sustainable.
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