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Meat machines: clean them every 48 hours not once a year

by 5m Editor
5 June 2006, at 12:00am

SOUTH AFRICA - Meat and poultry processors can choose not to have daily cleanups of equipment and plant as long as sanitary standards are maintained, according to a notice from the US federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

At the moment, this announcement is very topical after a shock documentary by SABC2's "Fokus met Freek" team recently revealed that South African meat processors are not even close to maintaining sanitary standards. Footage of maggot-infested machinery caused a drop in local minced meat and sausage sales since the documentary first aired a few weeks ago.

The notice was issued to clarify a number of inquiries from American health inspectors about how to deal with firms that are able to skip daily clean-ups in their operation. American health inspectors raised health concerns if these meat processors are not cleaned every single day, and would allow for a thorough clean every second or third day only in very hygienic circumstances.

Source: Health24

5m Editor