Recently we’ve read several articles about proposed new food safety rules under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. These new rules would largely affect produce producers and packers, but also would give the FDA new powers to conduct surprise inspections and shut down food facilities. These new powers are primarily geared toward fresh produce that is typically consumed raw. While the implementation of these new rules is several years off, it’s clear that food safety and contamination is a big issue.
Food growers, processors and packers need to make sure their facilities are clean and uncontaminated, just as they need to follow good practices to prevent the spread of disease. Doors serve as a key link in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria in food processing and other manufacturing facilities. Traffic doors (which swing both directions) are a key component to minimizing the spread of contaminants, as they allow for easy passage of people, carts, pallet jacks and forklifts, in either direction.
Chase Doors has many traffic doors suited for food processing or specialty manufacturing facilities. We have flexible doors, such as our AirGard® series, that are made from USDA accepted materials. These are easy to clean and help reduce the risk of spreading contamination, making them perfect in food processing, storage or refrigerated areas. Another great choice is the Durulite® Industrial traffic door. Constructed of rotationally molded cross-linked polyethylene, it has a monolithic shell (no gaps or seams), making it ideal for repeated washdown applications. Forklift traffic is no problem, and it is impervious to acids, petroleum products, animal fats and cleaning solvents. Best of all, it’s NSF® certified and USDA accepted.
For the ultimate in convenience and contamination prevention, the Saino Model 73000 sliding door is designed for installations requiring the highest sanitary standards. The fully flush panel design is not only beautiful, it’s easy to clean. Stainless steel face sheets wrap around the door, eliminating “catch points” for contaminants. Vision panels and pull handles fit flush into the door panel for ease of cleaning. Gaskets fit into keyways in the door panel, assuring a tight seal. It can be motorized for completely hands-free access. At Chase Doors, we take seriously our job to help you ensure your facilities meet their sanitary goals. To learn more about the best product for your unique situation, give us a call at 800.543.4455. And don’t forget to reach out to us via Facebook and Twitter!