Updated stainless steel Food Code of Practice published

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

The third edition of the Food Code of Practice has been published by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA). The free document is a technical specification covering the requirements for the design, fabrication, inspection, transport and installation of stainless steel plant and equipment in the food and beverage industry.

The code of practice is a cooperative venture by ASSDA and members of the Australian food industry, all of whom have expertise in the design, supply and fabrication of stainless steels.

The publication has been updated after changes have come about in standards, working practices, materials and asset owners’ expectations. The 2014 edition reflects current requirements in the design and fabrication process specifically for food and beverage plants.

According to ASSDA Executive Director Richard Matheson, the Food Code of Practice is not intended to replace national and international standards; rather, it stands as a practical technical specification used in conjunction with ASSDA’s Accredited Fabricator scheme.

“Hygiene and the cleanability of equipment used in the production of food, dairy and beverage are paramount, and when specified and fabricated correctly, stainless steel ensures this,” Matheson said.

“ASSDA Accreditation is a self-regulated scheme that standardises fabrication practices and improves efficiency and reliability by raising the standard of quality delivered for the long term, reducing risk to end users.”

To download the ASSDA Food Code of Practice for free, and to get a list of ASSDA Accredited Fabricators, visit www.assda.asn.au.

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