SCENARIO FOR THE SECTOR
In the food sector we must be sure to avoid any type of contamination of any origin at any stage of processing of the product and it is essential the absence of pollutants. In addition, there are many regulations and certifications1 that ensure the quality of the final product.
Specifically, it is possible to proceed with some definitions that provide clarity in the field of cleaning in industry and in particular food:
• CLEANING: Removal of dirt particles from surfaces by mechanical, manual or chemical methods.
• SANITIZATION: Treatment of a clean surface with a chemical or physical agent to destroy organisms that cause disease/ deterioration. It reduces the total vegetative cell population to a safe level.
• DISINFECTION: Destruction of all organisms of the vegetative state.
• STERILIZATION: Complete destruction of all organisms, including spores.
1 AssICC – Correct hygiene practice manual approved by the Ministry of Health