Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification
13 Aug 2015
Global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors.
This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards.
HACCP International certification is a globally recognised benchmark of food safety, and as such is an important set of criteria for businesses eager to gain access to lucrative export markets.
Flowcrete Group’s Technical Director, Grant Adamson, said: “Our polyurethane range has been able to achieve the HACCP International certification thanks to its ability to deliver a long list of strict food industry flooring requirements.
“To provide food manufacturers with a floor that goes above and beyond the highest food safety standards, we’ve created Flowfresh out of an exclusive global partnership with the antimicrobials manufacturer Polygiene®. A silver-ion based bactericidal additive is added into the Flowfresh material, empowering the floor finish with the ability to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria in contact with the coating.”
Flowfresh has also been proven to meet the ISO 22196 standard, which measures a surface’s antibacterial effectiveness. The polyurethane system underwent rigorous testing to show that it complied with this internationally recognised benchmark of quality.
The Polygiene® agent is homogenously distributed throughout the Flowfresh finish. This formulation means that should the coating ever chip, then any contaminants that fall into that space will still be exposed to the bacteria killing flooring ingredient.
The floor plays a crucial role in addressing contamination risks, as an inadequate finish can become a prime site of bacteria build-up. Not only does the floor have to provide a hygienic surface, it needs to do so in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock. If it cannot withstand these conditions then the floor can quickly fail – leading to germs and pathogens infiltrating hard to clean cracks.
HACCP guidelines state that a seamless and impervious finish must be maintained at all times, even when subjected to a large-scale food processing facility’s intense working environment. Flowfresh has been specifically formulated to provide a surface that will comply with food industry regulations for an extended period of time despite the sector’s inherently challenging conditions.
To meet the HACCP International standard, floors also need to allow for adequate drainage and cleaning. A Flowfresh coating can be laid to falls and incorporate stainless steel drainage to effectively channel contaminants and excess liquid out of the area. Coving can also be incorporated to create a seamless, easily cleanable transition to the wall and even the floor’s texture can be tailored to best suit the on-site cleaning regime.
HACCP management systems help safeguard facilities from such things as spoiled produce and tainted equipment while protecting consumers from outbreaks of foodborne illness, a potentially fatal circumstance that can have serious financial and reputational repercussions for the manufacturer.
A seamless, high performance polyurethane finish will also prevent common food industry by-products like fats, acids, blood and oils from seeping into the underlying concrete and damaging the substrate.
Get in touch with your local Flowcrete representative today to find out more about how Flowfresh can help food and beverage facilities meet regulatory requirements and protect against the threat of bacterial contamination.
Main image shows HACCP International Asia Pacific Managing Director presenting Flowcrete with its HACCP International certification. From left to right: Craig Blitenthall, Managing Director Flowcrete SA (Pty) Ltd; Susan Goh, Director Tremco Asia Pte Ltd; Francis Tang, Managing Director Flowcrete Hong Kong Ltd; Vivekanandan Margasahayam, Managing Director Flowcrete India Pvt. Ltd.; Sean Tinsley, Managing Director Flowcrete Australia Pty Ltd; Bill Simos, Managing Director HACCP International Asia Pacific; Desmond Sin (middle), Sales Director Flowcrete Asia Sdn Bhd; Andrew Gwyther (back), European Managing Director Flowcrete Europe Ltd; Francis Tan, General Manager Flowcrete China; Craig Brookes, Group Vice President & International Managing Director Flowcrete Group Ltd; Grant Adamson, Group Technical Director Flowcrete Group Ltd; Mark Greaves, President Flowcrete Group Ltd; Kevin Storey, Managing Director Flowcrete Middle East FZCO
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Asia is now part of Tremco Construction Products Group.
Tremco Construction Products Group APAC has served as the benchmark for excellence and quality products since our first entry of our brands into the Asia Pacific market in 1984. Our commitment to serving our clients in a variety of areas with innovative and strategic technology products has allowed us to consistently grow for over 30 years. As of 2020, we have established a strong business presence in countries including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand.
Tremco Construction Products Group APAC is a subsidiary of Tremco Inc. based in Cleveland, USA. Our product lines include high-performance silicone and urethane joint sealants, waterproofing membranes, drainage protection, air barrier systems, deck coatings, expansion joints, a full line of passive fire protection systems, and the industry’s only comprehensive line of glazing systems including silicone sealants, tapes, gaskets, and setting blocks. Tremco CPG APAC brands include Tremco, illbruck, Flowcrete, Vandex, Nullifire, Dryvit, Nudura and Euclid Chemical.
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