The HYGIENIC DESIGN FORWARD Team is a group of fruit, vegetable and cut produce processors, facilitated by Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS) and sponsored by Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), Trade Groups and Retail Outlets.
Members and Sponsors
Here you will find documentation shared during meetings and tools to support our Hygienic Design improvement efforts throughout the Produce industry. These are made available for you to download free of charge.
Background HYGIENIC DESIGN FORWARD Team
Fresh Fruit and Produce companies in North America have been working in recent years to enhance food safety programs with initiatives such as GAP/GHP at farms, wash water enhancements in packing houses, processing flumes and sanitation enhancements in facilities etc. Hygienic Design improvement is the next major step change project for the industry. The concerns with Hygienic Designs of equipment and facilities have been elevated by processors, their customers such as QSRs, trade groups and regulatory agencies.
Since end 2016 Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS) has led three Hygienic Design summits between Fruit and Produce processors and suppliers which have generated a high level of ongoing interest with participants. The common question after each summit was what’s next? As a result processors came together and we formed the HYGIENIC DESIGN FORWARD Team which will facilitate collaboration between fruit / produce processors, suppliers of equipment and design & build companies to improve the understanding of optimal designs for food safety. The anticipated outcome is to create improved linkages to hygienic design and collaboration and between packers, processors, their customers and the supplier community.
The group of members and sponsors continues to grow. If you are working in or supplying to the Fruit and Produce industry and want to collaborate to improve designs that will facilitate improved cleaning and ultimately a higher quality and safer product, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Vision: Advance Hygienic Design knowledge and application to promote public health and safety.
- Improve equipment and facility design to facilitate effective and efficient sanitation and sanitary operational performance.
- Incorporate the principles of Hygienic Design using checklists introduced to fresh processors in 2013 as guidance to assess, communicate and improve design alternatives.
- Educate and align processors as well as suppliers on the importance of Hygienic Design as an essential non-competitive requirement when designing, fabricating and refurbishing equipment and facilities.
Want to participate?
Are you interested in joining the HYGIENIC DESIGN FORWARD Team, reach out via email@example.com.