When working in a meat processing plant, cleaning and sanitisation is one of the most important processes to ensure the safety of your food, the quality of your food and your business’ reputation. As there are serious dangers associated with meat processed in an unsanitary plant, businesses should invest money into working with high quality cleaning companies that they can trust.

Orbit Cleaning Services Australia specialise in cleaning and sanitising for food manufacturing plants, specifically meat processing plants. Below, we’re sharing our best practices for cleaning and sanitisation in meat processing plants.

The Importance of Good Cleaning and Sanitisation Practices

Having good cleaning and sanitisation practices in your meat processing plant is imperative to your business. Failing to properly clean and sanitise can be very dangerous to your business, especially if a case of food poisoning can be traced back to your manufacturing plant. In addition, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have standards that must be adhered to for high risk food businesses, including meat manufacturing plants. At Orbit Cleaning Services Australia, we will clean your facility in accordance with industry standards, but at the same time, tailor our services specifically to your processing plant.

1.      Pre-Wash

Before beginning any cleaning with products, our team perform a pre-wash where we remove any visible debris with hot water. This is important because in order to sufficiently clean and sanitise a meat processing plant debris including meat scraps, manure and dirt must be removed before any cleaning can begin.

2.      Sweeping

The next stage is to sweep to further ensure that any dirt, dust and debris is removed from the floor. This is still part of the preparation phase and is essential to ensure that the cleaning and sanitisation products can work effectively.

3.      Foaming

The next step is the foaming phase where our team covers the entire room, including walls, floors and equipment with a foam cleaning product. However, the products we use at Orbit Cleaning aren’t your regular cleaning products. Instead, they are designed specifically for food processing plants to ensure that germs and bacteria are targeted effectively.

4.      Scrubbing

Once the foam agent has been applied to all areas of the processing plant, our cleaners will manually scrub every area using special commercial cleaning equipment to ensure that all bacteria is removed effectively. We have a range of equipment that is suited for hard to reach areas, drains, and extra sensitive areas. Our team ensure that no surface or piece of equipment is left without being cleaned and checked.

5.      Washing

After thoroughly scrubbing every surface, our cleaners will wash the foam away to prepare the plant for sanitisation. To further kill bacteria, we use hot water for this process and after the foam is gone, our staff will thoroughly check each surface and piece of equipment with a flashlight to ensure everything is clean.

6.      Sanitising

The final, yet most important step of the cleaning process is sanitisation. During the sanitisation process, the equipment, floors and walls are flooded with cool water before being sanitised using high-quality sanitisers designed specifically for meat processing plants. Once we have applied the sanitiser, our team will undertake a swab and APT test on these areas to ensure surfaces are 100% sanitised.

Orbit Cleaning Services Australia specialise in commercial cleaning, specifically for food and meat processing plants. Working with a cleaning company that truly understands your industry and its processes is paramount in ensuring the safety of your employees, your customers and your business’ reputation. To book in for your obligation free quote, contact our team on 1300 660 699.