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Audits and Inspections
A third party sanitation audit can help your staff identify unseen risks and vulnerabilities in advance of an official inspection by the FDA, USDA, local health department, or current/prospective distributor.
We offer many types of inspections including audits for the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program and British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards.
Learn more: Third-Party Food Safety Audits
We provide certification training to assist your plant with achieving a number of food safety certifications, including those approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
We provide training on a range of topics:
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
- Clean in Place (CIP) Systems
- Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
- Training for Sanitation Managers
- 7-Steps Cleaning Process
- Chemical Safety Training
Sanitation Procedures Development
Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) constitute the foundation of your plant’s food safety program, they should explain, in detail, how your sanitation program would operate. For this reason, they are a major focus of our HACCP plan development services.
Creating and implementing effective SSOPs can become a challenge for many food processors, but FSS can help you at each step.
We offer a number of acid-based cleaners and sanitizers, each appropriate for certain applications depending on the surface and strength needed. These include products containing:
- Peracetic acid (also known as Peroxyacetic acid, or PAA)
- Hydrochloric acid
- Phosphoric acid
We offer alkaline cleaners and alkaline detergents that are effective for removing oils, fats, greases, and protein soils. Some of these products include:
- Chlorinated alkaline cleaners
- Self-foaming alkaline cleaners
- Alkaline CIP (Clean-in-Place) detergents
Fruit & Vegetable Wash
We can identify the best fruit and vegetable wash for your application and help you manage the many risks present in processing fruit and vegetables, including: Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Staphylococcus – as well as pesticide, insecticide, or fungicide residues.
In addition to its ubiquity in the treatment of drinking water, Chlorine Dioxide is an effective biocide in the food processing industry. Ask us about using it for:
- Fruit and vegetable washes
- Meat and poultry processing
- Disinfecting food contact surfaces (e.g. tanks, processing equipment, containers)
Degreasers and Degreasing Chemicals
- Chlorinated products rely on the expertise of your supplier to advise you on such issues as the anti-corrosion additives necessary for the metals found in your cleaning application.
- Enzymatic products tend to be the least toxic and most environmentally friendly. Grease is literally digested by the actions of the enzymes.
- Alkaline foaming detergents and other alkaline products are often particularly effective in high soil load applications. They are sometimes formulated with emulsifiers and wetting agents.
- Formulations with bactericidal characteristics or broad-spectrum biocides, such as a quaternary ammonium biocide, can eliminate both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria as it cleans up your grease problems.
- Chlorine Based Compounds: These sanitizers are among the most popular type of product used in food plants and are effective against all bacteria.
- Iodine Compounds: These agents release free iodine when dissolved in water. They are fast acting and effective against all bacteria.
- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: QACs work against a number of microorganisms, but are less useful in combating some common spoilage bacteria.
- Acid-Anionic Surfactants: Acid-anionic surfactants are combinations of acid, usually phosphoric, with surface-active agents. These sanitizers are effective against most bacteria, and are odorless, relatively non-toxic, stable, and noncorrosive to stainless steel. They are also effective in removing and controlling milkstone, beerstone, and water hardness films.
- Peracetic Acid Solutions: PAA solutions contain a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and peracetic acid. They can kill all microorganisms, even bacterial spores.