SmartWash Solutions Highlights Food Safety Training
SALINAS, CA - Food safety is one of the biggest concerns in our industry, and companies like SmartWash are taking the initiative to decrease the chances of future outbreaks. Two years before the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, SmartWash was created to mitigate bacterial cross-contamination in fresh-cut produce wash water environments. Now, it is an ally with an industry-leading wash-water process controller for regular operator training.
“We believe operator training is a critical component to enhancing food safety and ensuring FSMA compliance,” said Angela Nunez, Vice President of Technical Support for SmartWash Solutions. “This hands-on training gives our customer partners an understanding of the science behind wash water cross-contamination and how our products combat these problems, so they can consistently operate their systems to enhance food safety while reducing chemical usage and lessening demands for water, electricity, and labor.”
According to a press release, the FSMA identifies water as one of the largest contributors to foodborne illness outbreaks. The SmartWash Solutions system combines proprietary wash enhancers for both conventional and organic products to ensure quality food safety. Partners who complete their annual SmartWash Solutions training experience interactive sessions presented in English and Spanish gain an understanding of the importance of wash water chemistry in any food safety program as well as the significance of SmartWash equipment and its proper use in fresh-cut produce wash lines.
“This year’s training was very informative. The hands-on technical part and the reference sheets will be very helpful moving forward,” Mike O’Sullivan, SmartWash Technician with Taylor Farms, commented. “I have been a SmartWash champ for several years and still learned a lot this time!”
This annual training offers a more in-depth view into how the system works, allowing partners to use real-world data to ensure best practices. In addition, the training gives participants an opportunity to learn from other SmartWash Solutions partners, while keeping abreast of any regulatory changes and how those affect their existing process controls.
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