food processing plant safety

Food safety is a top priority for any business operating in the food processing industry. It’s important to ensure that all aspects of the process, including equipment, surfaces, and clothing, are kept clean and free from potential sources of contamination. Uniforms are a critical part of this process, as they often come into direct contact with the food during processing. 

Let’s break down how Kleen Kraft Services can help your business maintain a safe and hygienic work environment.

Safe and Sanitized: Kleen Kraft Services' Uniform Solutions for the Food Processing Industry

HACCP is a food safety management system that identifies and prevents potential hazards in the food processing industry. It involves a systematic approach to analyzing and controlling food safety hazards, ensuring that food is safe for consumption. Clothing worn by food processing employees is an important part of the HACCP system, as it can be a potential source of contamination.

So, how do you determine if a uniform design is HACCP-compliant? The uniform should possess specific characteristics, including:

  • Durable fabrics - It is essential that uniforms are designed to withstand numerous washings without fabric deterioration. Damaged fabric can shed tiny fibers or threads that could introduce contaminants into the processed food.
  • No pockets above the waist - The absence of pockets in the uniform design is not a preference for aesthetics. Pockets tend to trap bacteria in hard-to-reach areas, and items stored in pockets can fall out onto food.
  • No buttons anywhere - Buttons can fall off unexpectedly and contaminate entire batches of product. Food processing garments use gripper snaps or ties in place of buttons. 

At Kleen Kraft, our uniforms are designed to meet HACCP and industry standards and are made from materials that are easy to clean and sanitize. We offer a range of workwear options, including shirts, pants, butcher coats, and wrap smocks that are specifically designed for use in the food processing industry. We also offer specialized uniforms for different roles within your facility, such as those working in your warehouse and loading docks.

When it Comes to Laundry, We Don’t Cut Corners

Proper maintenance and sanitation of uniforms is crucial to maintaining a safe work environment. Our procedure in laundering garments is to use the best detergents and water temperatures to ensure excellent cleanliness, maintain sterile and bacteria-free garments, and preserve fabric life. 

  • We are sure to remove surface debris and check pockets for physical objects such as food, headphones, utility knives, etc.
  • Garments then go through a multi-step wash procedure.
  • After the wash cycle, garments are run through our high-temperature steam tunnel and ATP testing.
  • All of our Route Representatives have been trained on how to avoid cross-contamination of soiled garments and clean garments.
  • All carts used to deliver products to a food-processing customer are sterilized, lined with plastic, and sealed before any uniform garments are placed in the vehicle.

Kleen Kraft has been certified as a Hygienically Clean laundry, ensuring that your uniforms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every week, so you can focus on your business while we take care of your uniform needs.

Keeping Consumers Safe

Maintaining a safe and hygienic work environment in the food processing industry is essential for the health and safety of consumers. We understand the importance of outfitting your team with proper uniforms, which is why we not only offer a range of workwear options and laundering services that meet industry standards, we utilize garment-tracking technology to make sure you never have a late or missing uniform delivery again. 

Keep your business operating safely and efficiently, contact us today to learn more about our uniform solutions for the food processing industry!