Warehousing certainly provides a large room for your food business to expand. And this is mainly because you could very conveniently produce edible goods in bulk and store them safely in large spaces without fretting about the products getting spoilt or rotten.
However, when poorly managed or due to a careless functioning, your food warehouse could easily turn into a breeding place for germs and bacteria which would certainly lead to major losses in your business, keeping in mind that food industry is the most perishable of all the other businesses.
Be smart and get aware of the tips to manage your warehouse more efficiently and also keep it free for contamination, damage and useless wastage of food material.
Temperature of the Warehouse:
While storing food in a warehouse, one of the most integral factors which assure its safety and maintenance is the temperature which is being maintained there in order to ensure a long lasting and fresh stock of food materials. For dairy products like milk, butter, cottage cheese, cheese, cream and others, cold storage is crucial which means a temperature below 5 °C for the most effective and Warehouse risk free maintenance.
For food items like grains etc a normal room temperature would be conducive (which by no means should be warm, just the basic cool room temperature) so, the air conditioner of your warehouse should support the size of the space and must function smoothly. For dairy and meat products, prefer a large refrigeration space where those items are not overlapped during storage.
Guard Against Allergen Contamination:
While running a food storing warehouse, development of allergen id the most common issue which pops up and which is also the most hazardous for your food materials.
Therefore, to avoid this problem, prevent your food items from coming into cross contact with each other as due to this condition, the maximum transfer of allergen happens. Store food items separately because even if a certain food item does not contain allergen and if it comes in contact with one having the same, then it would get contaminated. Unsafe packaging too causes allergen formation.
Know The Perishable Food Items:
There are eight food items which are perishable in nature and are also quite well known to almost all people in the food industry. According to the regulatory body’s foods like – milk, peanuts, fish, wheat, eggs, soybeans, shellfish and tree nuts cause most of the allergic reactions (90%). So, not only should they be stored in appropriate temperatures, but special measures must be taken to store them differently and prevent any damage caused by human error.
Reduce The Risk Of Germ Breeding By Creating Positive Pressure:
If you have to prevent your warehouse from the germs which are present in the air then subject your warehouse to positive pressure. After you have made the atmosphere of the warehouse free from allergen, you could store the food items for longer periods of time through positive pressuring which simply means lack of cross ventilation; the air enters into the room but does not get an outlet to exit.
Use Equipment For Cleaning:
Every time a replacement or change of food products take place, you have to make sure that are thoroughly cleaned so as to avoid any foreign germ particle to enter your food storage area. So, instead of a rigorous cleaning session every time you change a food item, use smart equipment across the allergen groups (food items which are allergen present) so as to avoid such a tedious procedure at all times.
Use Effective Repellent To Keep Animals and Bugs at Bay
Now, it is a known fact that where there is food, there are external factors which come into the scene like animals, bugs and insects which could certainly cause damage to the food products kept inside the warehouse. And spraying flying insect control across edible items is not advisable as then, the food items become less reliable for consumption and more prone to causing food allergies and diseases among people.
Therefore, keep electronic repellents in your warehouse which would keep the mosquitoes, bugs and other animals away from the food.
Hire Efficient Workers & Train Them Too
For a smooth functioning of a food warehouse, it is important to hire skillful employees who would run the warehouse efficiently and food items suitably. Not only this, it is your responsibility as the owner of the business to educate them about the nature of various edible items, allergen and non-allergen food items and which mistakes could lead to contamination and food allergies among people.
The workers should be alert, good with their hands and intelligent enough to be able to handle the equipment used in the warehouse. Also, look for the ones who have work ethics as stealing of food items like wheat, eggs, milk and similar products is very common in the food business.
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