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FOOD SAFETY
hot water and aggressive cleaning agents, " Kristjansson said.
" This necessitates drainage systems designed for heavyduty
use and capable of handling large volumes of water
efficiently without compromising the facility's hygiene or
operational efficiency. "
The aforementioned specific requirements, Kristjansson
added, distinguish dairy plant drainage designs from those
used in facilities that make other products. He said specialized
solutions must be utilized to meet the dairy industry's
stringent safety and hygiene standards.
In fact, Kristjansson advised that dairy facilities often
are subject to strict regulations from the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA).
" Compliance with these regulations not only ensures
food safety, but also helps maintain consumer trust in the
dairy industry and its products, " he explained. " It requires
considering various factors, such as material choice,
installation methods and ease of cleaning. "
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's
guidelines for floor drains inside a milk production plant
reveal many of the variables that make drainage design
so consequential. In one instance, the document calls for
the drains to be " properly trapped to exclude odors and
connected to a sewer line that will convey refuse milk, water
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Inadequate drainage can result
in water damage to facilities and
equipment, leading to costly repairs
and production downtime. "
Viking Kristjansson, Global Drain Technologies
and sewage away to a point at least 100 feet distant from the
milk products plant. "
More broadly for the US dairy industry, Kristjansson noted,
dairy facility drainage systems are required to have sloped
floors, proper materials and undergo regular maintenance
and cleaning. USDA's National Organic Program sets specific
standards - including proper drainage and waste management
practices - for organic production, he added. What's more,
the Food Safety Modernization Act states that every food
and beverage manufacturer must have a written plan for
preventing contamination in its facility, and proper drainage
maintenance is one of the requirements.
EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT
It is paramount in operations that involve liquid - or even
semi-liquid - dairy products to have the best possible drainage
system in place, Kristjansson counseled.
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