Addressing Listeria Positive Pork Processing Facility

AREA OF CONCERN: LISTERIA POSITIVES IN PORK PROCESSING FACILITY

ISSUE

Consistently high Listeria and APC during routine testing. Product shelf life had decreased and plant was threatened with regulatory action.

BACKGROUND

Plant said that they had “tried everything.” Used alkaline and acid cleaners in rotation and peracetic acid sanitizers.

RECOMMENDATION

Sterilex proposed the following actions:

  • Alternate COP tank soaking of belts in 12 oz/gallon solution of Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator solution every night.
  • Soak all grinder parts in COP tank solution of 12 oz/gallon Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator solution for 30 minutes every night.
  • All hard surfaces, i.e. walls countertops, floors, etc. foamed once/week with 12 oz/gallon solution of Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator Solution.

RESULTS

  • Immediate increase in shelf life and elimination of positives.
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