Dishwasher brands asked to give food safety views

Dishwasher manufacturers are being invited to share their views on food safety issues applicable to their line of equipment as part of new guidelines being prepared by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Campden BRI, an associate member of CESA, has been commissioned by the FSA to develop guidance on the control of cross contamination of E. coli O157 by heat disinfection within dishwashers.

It also wants to understand the contribution of cleaning chemicals in this process.

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The food and drink R&D specialist is now calling on dishwasher manufacturers to offer their opinion on these issues at a special meeting arranged for Friday June 28 at CESA’s offices in London.

The purpose of Campden BRI’s work is to establish thermal and chemical dishwasher standards that are suitable in controlling E. coli O157 and other food-borne pathogens in food service operations, such that utensils used for raw foods can be safely used for ready-to-eat foods following dishwashing.

A guidance document would be produced in a non-technical language describing thermal and chemical dishwasher standards, as well as offering best practice in how these can be achieved via dishwasher stacking and maintenance patterns.

The document, which would be aimed at small businesses, would also outline how dishwashers can be validated to demonstrate that they are achieving such standards in practice.

Campden BRI says that it is particularly keen to hear from dishwasher manufacturers on the following subjects:

– Dishwasher performance
– Best practice in dishwashing
– Best practice validation methods
– Training requirements
– Third party validation service

Any company that would like to take part in the discussion on June 28 should contact Emma Maguire at Campden BRI.

She can be reached by email here or by calling 01386 842038.

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