Food safety specialists, Best Sanitizers, Inc., helps food processors reduce pathogens in their facilities. Sales Director of the Food and Beverage Division, April Zeman-Lowe, provides guidance and best practices to reduce cross-contamination on food contact and non-food contact surfaces.

1 What is the first step to practicing proper surface sanitation?

Before sanitizing any surface, the first step is to clean the surface. Sanitization cannot occur until the surface has been cleaned. Cleaning is the process of removing gross soil and debris from the area.

2 What should I look for in a surface sanitizer?

Alcohol-based formulas are highly evaporative and ideal for water sensitive equipment and low moisture environments. For best results, choose a surface sanitizer that has the fastest kill time recognized by the EPA. The EPA recognizes food contact surfaces can be sanitized in 60 seconds, and non-food contact surfaces in 10 seconds. A ready-to-use, no-rinse-required surface sanitizer that can be used to clean and sanitize saves production time and simplifies the process. Choose a surface sanitizer that is NSF listed, EPA registered and holds certificates important to your facility, such as Kosher, Pareve, Halal, or organic certification.

3 What is the proper way to sanitize rubber gloves?

Did you know that gloves are considered a food contact surface? It is a common misconception that gloves can be sanitized with hand sanitizer, but that is not the case. Best Sanitizers, Inc., recommends implementing a touchless dispensing system paired with a D2-rated surface sanitizer. Placing multiple dispensing units around the plant provides an effective solution to glove sanitation.

4 What is the proper way to sanitize rubber footwear?

If you’re still using footbaths, Best Sanitizers, Inc., has a better solution! Once cleaned, production can sanitize footwear with the HACCP SmartStep2 Dual Footwear Sanitizing Unit. This foot-operated unit requires no electricity and uses compressed air to deliver an atomized spray of surface sanitizer to the bottom of footwear soles. Each production worker receives a fresh application of sanitizer for consistent, measurable results every time.

5 Which Alpet D2 is right for you?

Alpet D2 and Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizers are ready-to-use, highly effective, evaporative, and have the fastest kill times available for food contact and non-food contact surfaces. They are both NSF listed, EPA registered, Kosher, Pareve, and Halal certified. Whether you work in an organic facility or need product listed on the EPA’s list of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-COV-2, Best Sanitizers, Inc., has a surface sanitizer to suit your facility’s needs.