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FOOD SAFETY
Optimal drainage
Proper drain designs for processing plants
have more to offer than hygiene and safety.
by Benton Smith | bsmtih@sosland.com
W
ithin the heart of a dairy processing operation,
down below all the equipment and product and
people that make the whole production possible,
a component of the enterprise that's so easy to overlook it
quite literally gets stepped upon actually serves a crucial
function.
Drainage impacts more aspects of a dairy manufacturing
facility than one may think about, what with all the other
factors that go into getting a top-notch product out the door.
The experts at Canada-based manufacturer FoodSafe
Drains, Winnipeg, Manitoba, call proper drainage more than
just a vital mechanism for achieving hygiene and safety
standards, explaining that those tactical openings and
escape routes in the floor even ensure that a plant keeps
running efficiently.
STRINGENT STANDARDS
In terms of food safety and optimal drainage design within a
dairy processing facility, Viking Kristjansson, vice president
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of sales for Global Drain Technologies (which owns and
operates FoodSafe Drains and other brands), said the most
important practice is the use of sloped floors.
" Slopes allow for water to flow towards drains, preventing
standing water and potential bacterial growth, " Kristjansson
said of one of the best practices that first came to his mind.
" Additionally, using materials that are resistant to chemicals
and easily cleanable is crucial for maintaining proper
sanitation in the facility. "
Not all aspects of a drainage system are so obvious,
though. Kristjansson said designing one for a dairy processing
facility comes with unique challenges that aren't as prevalent
in other food and beverage manufacturing spaces.
He pointed out that the acidic nature of dairy products and
byproducts - whey is a common example - make it necessary
to use materials that can resist corrosion, such as stainless
steel, for drainage systems.
" Furthermore, dairy facilities often require more frequent
and intensive cleaning processes, involving high volumes of
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