Dairy Processing - March/April 2023 - 50

FOOD SAFETY
Crucial cleaning
Physically removing allergens in dairy products is a must.
by Benton Smith | bsmith@sosland.com
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leaniness and keeping dairy products safe go hand in
hand. And at a processing facility, that goes beyond
preventing quality problems and eliminating potential
contaminants in the environment. Allergens can become just
as problematic for dairy processors if the wrong type of food
makes its way into a product.
As Sani-Matic, Inc., vice president of sales and marketing
Bryan Downer put it, repeatable, verifiable, traceable cleaning
can help companies handle allergens before they become
an issue.
CLEANING VERSUS SANITIZING
" It is important to understand that allergens are like a
chemical contaminant rather than biological, so they don't
respond to neutralization or 'kill' processes, but rather
typically must be physically removed, " Downer said.
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
identifies the nine major food allergens as milk, eggs, fish,
crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and
sesame. Per the FDA, food allergies and other types of food
sensitivities impact millions of US citizens and allergic
reactions can vary from mild to life-threatening symptoms.
When residue or trace amounts of a food allergen
make their way into a product, it tends to be the result of
environmental exposure during processing or handling.
Downer said a facility's food safety plan should first identify
all the areas where allergens could be present, and then make
sure repeatable, verifiable and traceable actions are carried
out to remove those allergens.
He said best practices for dairy facilities really come down
to proper cleaning, and he made sure to point out that the
words sanitizing and cleaning should not be synonymous,
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