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food safety company-wide will have a more profound
impact in the long term. This includes ensuring that
food safety execution is free of gaps and documentation
has integrity that can be reviewed for informed, decisive
decision making."
Sourcing the sanitation supplies needed to meet the
increased use and guard against any future shortages
is also a challenge. Brian Wood, director of HydriPet
Ingredient and Sanitation Solutions for Hydrite
Chemical Co., Brookfield, Wis., said some processors are
increasing the sanitation in common areas that would
normally be cleaned once per day, which are now being cleaned three times a day or multiple times per shift.
What typically is quarterly fogging with sanitizers has increased as well. Hydrite has been working with its customers to ensure access to antimicrobial products that are EPA-compliant as effective
against COVID-19. The company is also providing testing and documentation services to ensure chemistries
are compliant and effective.
"With tight supply, we are providing our customers
with sanitizers and disinfectants as well as hand care
products," Wood said. "Working with our partners and
shifting production, we have been able to supply our
customers with minimal disruption."
Additionally, Hydrite has created a preparedness
package to help customers reduce COVID-19 risk and
support them should they have a positive case occur in
their facility.
Paul Claro, president and chief executive officer,
Douglas Machines, Clearwater, Fla., has seen an increased interest in automating washing tasks as the
focus has shifted in manufacturing environments to
include not only surfaces and items that come in contact with product during processing but also anything
Micro sanitizing systems require no wiping or rinsing.
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in the plant that humans touch or use regularly.
"With sanitation so critical at this time, there is more
focus on not just the tubs or trays used for transporting products but now also for the conveyer belts holding
those tubs that employees may touch or inadvertently
contaminate," Claro said. "We've had more interest in
our conveyor belt cleaning systems as well as cleanout-of-place (COP) parts washers, vat/bin washers and
barrel, drum and garbage can washers to automate the
washing and sanitizing procedures in the plant."

Technology solutions
help processors adhere to new sanitation
protocols, document
and manage the
resources required for
the additional efforts.
Nexcor Food Safety Technologies

Sustainable changes

Woods believes some of the food contact and environmental sanitizing options available such as Peroxyacetic
Acid (PAA) blends, Chlorine Dioxide and Silver
Dihydrogen Citrate (SDC) are becoming of more interest to processors at this particular time, and may become
part of a standard microbial control tool going forward.
Merrell sees a potential long-term benefit to the attention on person-to-person transmission of illnesses.
"Our hope and expectation is that hygiene standards
will be permanently raised in the minds of our entire
team," Merrell said. "This would be expected to have
long-term benefits in preventing future illnesses and
lost time/sick days throughout our entire company, and
hopefully in society at large."
Moving forward, BrightPet recognizes that the
heightened safety and sanitation methods implemented for COVID-19 allow the company to provide a
superior standard for food safety procedures.
"We intend to continue implementing these plant
sanitation protocols for the foreseeable future with the
understanding some of them may become the new standard," Golladay said. "We are working tirelessly to do
what's best for everyone who works within our plants
and offices, and for all those who serve their pets our
super-premium formulas."
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