Food hygiene offences – another reason to fix condensation on your premises

You’re used to condensation in your bathroom after a long shower, or piling up on your windows during winter. In many respects, it can be an innocuous enough substance, little more than a pain to clean.

But when it comes to food manufacturing, the dangers created by condensation are manifold.

And these dangers won’t only harm the quality of your products – they could impact your wallet.

New food hygiene-related offences

BBC News has reported that health and safety and food hygiene fines have risen sharply from 2016-2017 after the introduction of tougher rules.

According to a report from law firm BLM, the rising tide of fines can be attributed to “health and safety, food hygiene and corporate manslaughter offences introduced in February 2016.”

How does this relate to condensation? If your workplace is affected by it, you run the risk of major cross contamination, a problem which any auditors of your plant are looking out for.

The impact of cross contamination

Allowing cross-contamination in your facility could cause bacteria to spread, especially if you work with meats.

Think of condensation as similar to the carrier of a disease and you’re along the right lines. According to government guidelines, cross contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.

The point at which water vapour becomes liquid, condensation occurs when air mass is exposed to its dew point. And, in an industrial environment, you’ll need to do more than open a window to combat it.

We can provide you with ventilation options designed specifically to fix the problem of condensation and, in turn, cross contamination.

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