Transform Your Food Plant Hygiene with Innovative Foam Cleaning Solutions

June 25, 2024

Maintaining high food hygiene standards

Maintaining impeccable food plant hygiene is not just a regulatory requirement but a cornerstone of ensuring consumer safety and product quality in the food production industry. The consequences of failing to uphold these standards can be dire, including prosecution, closure, recall of food, and severe reputational damage.

The challenges posed by contaminants such as bacteria and residues demand effective cleaning solutions that go beyond conventional methods. At Biocel, we specialise in innovative foam cleaning solutions designed to optimise hygiene practices in food processing industries across Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

How Do Foam Cleaning Solutions Work for Food Plant Hygiene?

Foam cleaning solutions have emerged as a superior choice for many in the food industry. This is due to their ability to cover large surface areas and penetrate hard-to-reach places. Unlike traditional cleaning methods, or liquid cleaners, foam cleaners adhere to vertical and overhead surfaces. This allows for extra thorough cleaning. The foam encapsulates and lifts contaminants away from surfaces, making it easier to rinse them off, thereby ensuring optimal food plant hygiene.

top benefits of using foam cleaning in food production Environments:

Enhanced Cleaning Effectiveness::

The foaming action creates a thick, clinging layer that increases contact time and penetration, allowing the cleaning agents to more effectively break down and remove stubborn organic soils like fats, proteins, and starches. 

Improved Efficiency:

Foam cleaning can cover large surface areas quickly and efficiently, reducing manual labour compared to traditional scrubbing methods. The foam’s ability to cling to vertical surfaces also minimises waste. Overall foam cleaners require less water and chemicals to achieve the same or better cleaning results.

Better Contamination Control:

Effective food hygiene solutions are essential in preventing contamination in food production facilities. Bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria can thrive in food processing environments if not properly controlled. The foam cleaning process is a more powerful and efficient way to kill bacteria and prevent cross-contamination.

Gentler on Surfaces:

Foam cleaning is generally more gentle on surfaces compared to high-pressure washing, reducing the risk of damage to fragile equipment and infrastructure.

Operational Benefits:

Foam cleaning enables faster turnaround and maximises plant productivity by reducing downtime required for cleaning. Foam cleaners also require less direct contact with concentrated cleaning agents, enhancing workplace safety.

Demonstrating the Power of Foam Cleaning for Food Plant Hygiene.

What types of contaminants can foam cleaning effectively remove?

Foam cleaning can remove a variety of contaminants commonly found in food processing environments, including:

  • Organic Residues: These include food particles, fats, oils, and proteins left behind on equipment and surfaces.
  • Grease and Fat Deposits: Accumulations of grease and fat that can build up in processing equipment and on surfaces.
  • Biofilms: Thin layers of bacteria and other microorganisms that adhere to surfaces and can be difficult to remove with traditional cleaning methods.
  • Mineral Deposits: Inorganic residues such as calcium carbonate from hard water, which can form scale on equipment and surfaces.
  • Protein Scales: Residues from proteins that can be particularly challenging to clean due to their adhesive properties.
  • Stains: Persistent stains from various food products, including dried-on residues and ground-in dirt.
  • Microbial Contaminants: Bacteria, viruses, and fungi that pose a risk of contamination and can be effectively targeted by foam cleaners with disinfectant properties.

What Are the specific types of plant equipment that benefit most from foam cleaning?

Foam cleaning is particularly beneficial for large surface areas, equipment with intricate designs, and hard-to-clean spaces that are common in food manufacturing plants. Its superior cleaning performance and efficiency make it an ideal choice for maintaining food hygiene across a wide range of plant equipment.

  • Floors, Walls, and Ceilings: Large surface areas like floors, walls, and ceilings can be successfully cleaned using foam. The foam’s ability to cling to vertical surfaces allows it to penetrate and lift soils from these expansive areas more effectively than liquid cleaners.
  • Conveyor Belts: Foam cleaning is ideal for cleaning conveyor belts that transport food products. The foam’s encapsulating action traps and removes debris, fats, and starches that can build up on the belts.
  • Processing Equipment: Foam cleaning is a great solution for cleaning food processing equipment like mixers, slicers, and fillers. The foam’s penetrating action reaches into cracks and crevices to remove stubborn organic soils that can harbour bacteria.
  • Storage Tanks: Internal and external foam cleaning is commonly used for storage tanks in food production. The foam’s ability to cling to surfaces allows for thorough cleaning of these large vessels.
  • Pipes and Tubing: Foam cleaning solutions can be circulated through pipes and tubing to remove biofilms and other deposits that can accumulate in these hard-to-reach areas.

Choosing the Right Foam Cleaning Products

Factors to Consider

When selecting foam cleaning products, several factors should be taken into account:

  • Safety: Ensure that the products are safe for use in food processing environments and comply with relevant regulatory standards.
  • Effectiveness: Look for foam cleaners that are effective against a broad spectrum of contaminants while being gentle on equipment and surfaces.
  • Environmental Impact: Foam cleaning offers significant environmental advantages for food production facilities, requiring less water and lower volumes of chemical products compared to traditional cleaning methods. 

Our Top Selling Foam Cleaning Products for The Food Industry

Tailoring Solutions to Specific Needs

As a top manufacturer and supplier of foam cleaning products, here in Ireland, Biocel boasts a team of seasoned professionals that can help you to meet the diverse needs of your food production facilities.

Chlorite 98

One of our top selling foam cleaning products is Chlorite 98, a powerful grease-cutting detergent that combines the properties of alkaline cleaners with chlorine-based disinfectants. Chlorite 98 is particularly beneficial for food manufacturers due to its strong foam-clinging capacity. This product remains in contact with surfaces long enough to penetrate dried-on stains and ground-in scales, even on vertical surfaces. The high-foaming, non-streaking formulation ensures effective grease and fat deposit emulsification. Chlorite 98 is also registered with the Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine’s Biocidal Register, making it a reliable choice for maintaining hygiene in food processing plants.

Acid Foam Cleaner

Another innovative foam cleaning solution is our Acid Foam Cleaner. This is an acid-based high-foaming detergent designed to remove food residues, including inorganic deposits such as mineral scales and hard water stains. Our Acid Foam Cleaner is particularly suitable for use on stainless steel surfaces in the food industry ensuring non-streaking and non-tainting results. It is especially beneficial for environments that require thorough and efficient cleaning to maintain high hygiene standards.

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How to Implement Foam Cleaning Systems in Your Food Processing Plant:

StepsIntegrating Foam Cleaning into Existing Hygiene Protocols
Assessment:Conduct a thorough assessment of current cleaning practices and identify areas for improvement.
Training:Train staff on the proper use and application of foam cleaning products. Prioritise safety protocols and effective cleaning techniques.
Monitoring and Adjustments:Regularly monitor cleaning efficacy and make adjustments as needed to optimize results.

Technical Support from Biocel

We understand that implementing new cleaning solutions can be challenging. That’s why we offer comprehensive technical support to our clients. Our team of experts is available to assist with any issues that may arise, ensuring that our products are used effectively and efficiently. Whether it’s providing on-site support, quick response times, or personalised solutions, we are committed to ensuring that our clients have the best experience possible.

Adhering to Safety Guidelines

As food processors in Ireland, Europe and the UK incorporate foam cleaning solutions into their food handling operations, it’s imperative to prioritise safety at all times.

Foam Cleaning SDS:

One essential resource for ensuring safe handling and usage of Biocel’s foam products is our Safety Data Sheet (SDS). These provide comprehensive information on product properties, hazards, and safety precautions.

Adhering to the guidelines outlined in the SDS is critical for protecting yourself, your workers, and the environment. If in doubt our expert chemists and technicians, possess unmatched knowledge and expertise.

Foam cleaning solutions from Biocel offer enhanced cleanliness, efficiency, and safety in food production hygiene. By adopting our advanced foam cleaning systems, food processing facilities can transform their hygiene standards, comply with regulatory requirements, and safeguard consumer health. Contact us today to learn more about how our foam cleaning solutions can transform your food production hygiene

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