What is HACCP?
And who must be using it?
It is clothing developed specifically for the food industry. HACCP-approved clothing must be used to keep consumers protected and maintain a number of food safety requirements and standards. See the selection of HACCP clothing here.
The workwear is used by production workers who handle food. The clothing has a decisive influence on whether the production environment is clean and safe. It must meet the consumers' demands for function and comfort and the requirement for certification for industrial washing.
HACCP-approved clothing meets the requirements of the DIN 10524 standard, which minimizes the risk of loss of loose articles and ensures that the clothes can be washed at high temperatures.
There are different products available in this category, such as caps, smocks, jackets, trousers, overalls, and hats.
HACCP is usually divided into three levels depending on the type of food product being worked with. You must follow the instructions from the given workplace.
Low hygiene risk (risk class 1):
- Low hygiene risk is used in handling non-perishable foods and ingredients. The clothes in risk class 1 have a relatively low protection level against contact with food.
- At this level there are products such as potato chips and coffee.
High hygiene risk (risk class 2):
- High hygiene risk is used in handling unpackaged and easily perishable foods without further processing.
- The protective function of the garment in risk class 2 must be high to prevent microorganisms from spreading in and on the food.
- This level includes products like raw meat.
Highest hygiene risk (risk class 3):
- The highest hygiene risk level applies to handling unpacked and unprocessed foods. The foods are not technologically stabilized and there is therefore a risk that microorganisms may spread.
- Products at this level include those such as fresh salads, spreads and unpacked foods.
It is recommended that the clothing be white or light in colour so it is easier to see if it is clean or has been spilled on.
Exterior pockets should be avoided if you are at the high or highest hygiene risk level .
For all three hygiene risk levels, it is recommended that the garments have long sleeves with the possibility of adjusting the width.
When using smocks and jackets, they must always be worn closed and long enough to cover any pockets in the trousers.
Hooks and pushbuttons must be made of metal so that they can be detected.
If there is a need for a logo on the clothing, it is a requirement that it is embroidered and has the same lifespan as the clothing.
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