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Using Stainless Steel Welded Pipes - The Importance Of Preventing Contamination

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09/12/2020

Food processing facilities are required to maintain and adhere to the strictest levels of safety standards when handling and processing food products. Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria and other microorganisms become accidentally transferred from one object to another. This is why food processing facilities use stainless steel welded pipes and pipe fittings to reduce this risk. 

According to WHO (the World Health Organisation), around 600 million people across the world fall ill each year due to consuming contaminated food products. This staggering number highlights the importance of preventing contamination in food processing industries when food products are processed, packaged and transported. 

The main causes of contamination

The risk of contamination can occur at any stage during food processing. Because prevention is better than the cure, below are the main causes of how contamination can occur during the processing of food products:

  •  People

One of the biggest causes of contamination is from the staff handling the food product itself. For example, a worker is not wearing gloves or the correct equipment when handling a food product and ends up contaminating it. If that worker doesn’t wash their hands correctly or puts on a pair of gloves before handling another food product, it will cross-contaminate the product and spread bacteria down the production line. 

  •  Equipment

Equipment and surfaces that have not been efficiently cleaned and have leftover food residue provide a breeding ground for various types of harmful bacteria. Any food product that comes in direct contact then becomes contaminated. This is one of the main reasons why food processing facilities use stainless steel welded pipes and other equipment made from stainless steel. 

  •  Food

Once a food product has become contaminated, it will cross-contaminate anything it comes in contact with. A common example of this occurring is in food processing factories that handle raw meat products. When raw meat is incorrectly stored above uncovered food products, blood can drip down and contaminate the food products beneath it. 

Why stainless steel is the ideal material

Piping made from stainless steel is widely used in commercial and household kitchens, hospitals and the food processing industry due to stainless steel being the most hygienic type of material. It is the material of choice in industries where adhering to strict hygiene standards is paramount. 

Stainless steel features a non-porous surface. Because of this, stainless steel doesn’t absorb liquid and makes it very difficult for harmful bacteria to breed on its surface. An additional benefit is that it’s also very easy to disinfect and wipe down, making stainless steel very low maintenance. 

Stainless steel pipes also contain materials such as carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel and iron. This is the reason why stainless steel pipes can withstand high levels of heat and have superior resistance to corrosion such as rust and water damage. 

As one of the leading pipework system manufacturers in the UK, we offer a wide range of products such as stainless steel welded pipes, connecting components, pull-rings and much more. 

Find out how we can assist your needs by calling Jacob UK today on 01694 722 841 or exploring our website for more information.