Good and effective cleaning is one of the most important food safety controls in all food businesses. Traditionally it has been done using chemicals for both the cleaning and sanitising stages.
If businesses do not want to think sustainably then this traditional approach will remain forever. However those food businesses that are interested or even eager to look outside of the box can quickly see that there are now an increasing number of ways that food safety can be maintained or even improved, whilst saving money and being more environmentally responsible.
There are now packaging and labels that will help us all know when food has reached the end of it’s shelflife, there are now types of packaging that not only keep food correctly but are made from recycled materials and there are new techniques for processing and testing foods.
There is also a new type of cleaning that is now available that does not use any chamicals and maintains food safety whilst reducing both costs and environmental impact.
This new process uses just water and salt, that has been treated with an electrical charge. This makes the water separate into an acid part which is perfect for sanitsing in a food business, then another part which is alkaline and ideal for cleaning food contact surfaces. You can get more information here.
All that is really needed for a food business to be sustainable in the future whilst still ensuring good food safety is a change in the way we see things.
This article was written by Rachelle Williams – The Green Food Safety Coach.