EHEDG just published a comprehensive hygienic design guideline dedicated exclusively to cleaning validation, monitoring and verification. Chair of the EHEDG Working Group Cleaning Validation Hui Zhang (Unilever): ‘Everyone involved in food processing who wants to strengthen the reliability of their cleaning validation processes can put this guideline to good use to tackle cleaning challenges and minimize contamination risks.’
Zhang: ‘Cleaning validation is very simple; it is the visual cleanliness. Acceptance criteria should be based on food safety requirements, like pathogens and allergens, or based on product quality requirements, like organisms, colour, or other appearance attributes.’
Substandard cleaning validation puts consumer safety at risk. This new guideline 45 provides an overall concept and master plan, offering step by step guidance to help companies complete cleaning validation. Several templates and clear instructions are provided, and the protocol can be easily followed, allowing processors to establish their own validation, monitoring, and verification programs.