Hygienic Design

Hygiene requirements for food processing machinery
This article reveals which safety standards are currently being worked on.
Draft EN standard - -Performance, safety and hygiene requirements
Is there a "decision tree for material types and sets of rules"?
"Silicone rubber materials and products for food contact."
T-pieces, bends and reducers for aseptic applications
The question is: What about plastic food materials for infants?
The European Chamber has started an update for the 2019-2020 position paper. VDMA Food processing and packaging machinery association gives input.
The European Commission launched a public consultation on 11 February 2019. Contributions are possible until 6 May 2019.
"List of missing substances" submitted for elastomers/silicone
PPT-slides covering appendix I of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Document No. 2 (2016) „Hygienic Filling Machines for Liquid and Viscous Foods – Classification and Typical Fields of Application“
Information on application procedure to add substances to official lists
As part of the joint research initiative initiated by the German Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, promising sensor technologies are being further developed to prototype maturity and evaluated under practical conditions according to uniform criteria. A project volume of 1.85 million euros is available to the five participating research institutes for this purpose.
What is HACCP? What does HACCP mean for mechanical engineering? The term Critical Control Point (CCP) is particularly misleading in practice. This FAQ article clarifies the terminology and gives hints for further information.
The question remains unchanged: Can several certificates be combined?
Additional information: Enamels and ceramic materials in contact with drinking water - Comment until 2018-04-27
Request for supplement in Chinese GB 9685-2016, Food Safety Standard for Uses of Additives in Food Contact Materials and Articles
The Food Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association has published a position paper on materials and articles for contact with gases for food applications dated 4 October 2016.
Materials for food contact in the EU have been under discussion for years. We answer the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) exclusively for VDMA members.
Stainless steel components for aseptic applications in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has published an English translation of its example certificate for materials in contact with foodstuffs and editorially adapted the German edition. It supplements the existing documents on the subject of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004.
The Riboflavin test is used for testing cleanability ( wettability) of open equipment. The VDMA information sheet was published by VDMA Process Plant and Equipment Industry Association in 2007 and is available in German and English.
The current revision of EN 1974 was delayed shortly before its completion by the submission of initial comments. The hygiene areas are under criticism.
Stainless steel components for hygienic applications in the food and chemical industries
Food hygiene - Guidance for the selection of materials for contact with food - General principles
The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA is making translations available.
With publication date 7.11.2016, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety refers to an overview article on technically avoidable contents of heavy metals in cosmetics.
CEN/TC 153 has decided to withdraw Technical Report TR 15623 "Food processing machinery - Guideline - Materials in the food industry". We explain background and alternative.
DIN EN ISO 16444-14 Cleanrooms and associated cleanroom areas - Part 14: Evaluation of the cleanroom suitability of equipment by particle concentration in air (ISO 14644-14:2016) has been published by Beuth-Verlag with issue date 2017-01.
For more than twenty years, the VDMA working group "Interface problems in aseptic plants" has been publishing guidelines on the topic of hygienic and aseptic filling. The topics range from methods of microbiological validation of aseptic plants, minimum requirements for sterilization performance to practical guidelines. A publication overview can be found here.
Migration test: The newly published standard October 2016 replaces DIN 10531:2011-06. The scope of application includes machines for commercial use, not for industrial use. The guideline values for lead and nickel release in the migration test were adjusted. The standard is intended to serve as a tool for official food control.
73 participants accepted the invitation to the first industrial working meeting "Hygienic Design Hygienic Production" on 30 May in Frankfurt. Out of 21 project proposals from 15 research institutes, five projects were selected for follow-up.
The VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association sees its position confirmed by its own migration studies.
Matthias Balley
Matthias Balley
Technical affairs, Research & standardisation beverage machinery, dairy machinery, packaging machinery, machine safety, Hygienic Design, materials for direct food contact, BVT (BREF)
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Ortwin Fink
Ortwin Fink
Technical Affairs, Research & standardisation food processing machinery, Hygienic Design (open systems), machine safety food processing machinery
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