Disinfecting Equipment and Environmental Surfaces in Fresh Meat Processing Plant

AREA OF CONCERN: FRESH MEAT PROCESSING PLANT- EQUIPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACES

ISSUE

Sterilex was contacted by a fresh meat pork processing plant concerning consistently high Listeria and bacteria counts, which could not be controlled using standard sanitation protocols.

BACKGROUND

The standard operating procedure for sanitation at the plant involved the
common protocol: push, rinse, chemical clean and no-rinse sanitizer. The standard chemicals used were alkaline and acid cleaners used in rotation and routine no-rinse sanitizers. The failure of the standard sanitation protocol was a direct result of the presence of bacterial biofilms at the processing facility, and the inability of standard chemicals to remove them.

RECOMMENDATION

Sterilex proposed the following actions:

  • Alternate the cleaning of belts out of place (COP) and soaking in a solution of Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator Solution every night after production.
  • Meat grinder equipment parts cleaned out of place (COP) and soaked every night for 30 minutes to 1 hour in a solution of Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator Solution.
  • All hard surfaces, e.g. walls, countertops etc, sprayed/foamed once per week with Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner and Activator Solution.

RESULTS

Listeria and other bacteria counts dramatically decreased at the plant after following Sterilex’s recommendations. The plant continues to use Sterilex’s products and test on a weekly basis. During the 6 months after the initial reporting of the problem, the plant maintains successful control of Listeria and bacteria counts with continued use of Sterilex products on a regular basis.

About Sterilex

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