04 Oct Food Factory Environmental Hygiene Inspection Service
Microchem Laboratory Services (Pty) Ltd. has recently introduced a Food Factory Environmental Hygiene Inspection and Consultation service at our Cape Town laboratory, for clients, whereby your production facility and final products can be screened on a regular basis.
Microchem already provides a hygiene service to our Gauteng clients.
Food Factory Environmental Hygiene is an essential part of food production and it forms part of HACCP, and due diligence.
Swabbing – Surface Hygiene; we can help with food factory hygiene by testing swabs which are used to monitor the effectiveness of the food factory cleaning program. It also is often used to validate critical control points highlighted through HACCP. Testing would normally include Total Viable Count and Enterobacteriaceae but other organisms are also routinely tested for depending on your personal requirements.
Swabbing – Hand Hygiene; swabbing can also be used to monitor hand hygiene which with hand washing awareness is part of food factory hygiene. Testing would normally include Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli.
Listeria Swabbing; testing for Listeria is part of quality assurance throughout food manufacture and is monitored by the factory quality control department; part of the monitoring is swabbing. Having a good Listeria Environmental Swabbing program is an important part of Listeria control in your food manufacturing environment as Listeria is often a post process contaminant.
Our Hygiene Service includes:
- Environmental/Food Factory Hygiene Monitoring
- Swabbing – Surface Hygiene
- Swabbing – Hand Hygiene
- Listeria Swabbing
- Hygiene report and quality index
- Consultation and advice
Our experienced hygiene inspectors can carry out on site swabbing and provide you with valuable reports and interpretation of test results that will assist you in managing quality at your factory.
Please feel free to contact either Sean Moses at our Cape Town laboratory or Sipho Speka at our Gauteng laboratory, for additional information or advice regarding this service.