Electrolux Professional has been certified as the first and currently only HACCP International certified laundry manufacturer in the UK.
With cross-contamination and related foodborne illness a major issue in the food processing industry, a key focus for the company is always the highest hygiene and bacteria control.
The HACCP is a systematic preventive approach for safety management. It is intended to provide security by ensuring that there are no weak links in the food supply chain.
HACCP International provides validation of equipment used in the food industry.
In the food industry, contamination through laundry is indirect but parts such as nuts, bolts and springs can enter food with serious consequences. Additionally, laundry programs are also essential and it needs to be easy to set a disinfectant wash.
Richard Mallett, managing director of HACCP Europe, said: "The certification Electrolux Professional has been awarded is usually reserved for foodservice equipment only so this is a milestone development for the manufacturer. It re-affirms the crucial role laundry equipment can have in contamination control, playing its part in preventing outbreaks and illness across the globe.
"The robust design and clear instructions within the Line 5000 range ensures that nothing can go un-sanitised."
Eugenio Filoni, global segment manager special on premises laundries at Electrolux Professional, said: "There are numerous examples of food contamination through non-food input including the laundry flow in a food processing plant.
"Last year was quite eventful for recalls of food and beverage products, from meat to cheese through the most important and big companies of the industry. Reasons range from metal and glass contamination to Listeria findings.
"In this framework it is evident the importance of ensuring personal hygiene and well laundered uniforms."