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3. General Hygiene

Hygiene is crucial to ensure food safety. All departments are inspected thouroughly on a monthly basis by our Quality Team consisting of our Manager Technique & Supply, our Manager QA & Care, a QESH employee and the manager of the inspected department.

3.1 Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene rules form part of our HACCP. The wearing of jewellery is not permitted. Company clothing and footwear and the wearing of a hairnet or a beard-net (with a moustache or beard longer than 5 mm) are mandatory in production areas and storerooms and in the EBIC. Clothing is cleaned by an external company.
Hands must be washed or disinfected before these rooms are entered.

Where health is concerned, staff members are required to report any sickness or wounds to the manager of the relevant department. All wounds must be covered with a blue adhesive plaster containing a metal strip.

It should go without saying that eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited in production areas. This is related to many other matters in addition to hygiene, such as cross contamination. Production personnel receive frequent training in the areas of hygiene and food safety.

Visitors and contractors need to sign a health certificate before they enter the production unit, are always accompanied by a Sonneveld staff member when in production areas, and must comply with the above hygiene rules.

3.2 Cleaning

As well as personal hygiene, Sonneveld have rules covering cleaning activities and dealing with glass breakages.

Cleaning plan

Production areas and stores are cleaned by personnel in accordance with set procedures. Production areas are provided with liquid-tight and maintenance-friendly flooring. Walls are mostly equipped with a liquid-resistant coating. The floors in the storerooms, where only sealed packages are stored, are in concrete.

Paste, release agent and Palipro production installations are cleaned using CIP (Cleaning In Place) methods.

No water is used in cleaning powder production areas, on account of the hygroscopic properties of these powders. All equipment is swept and vacuumed clean.

All cleaning tools are hung on the hooks provided for the purpose after use. Colour coding is used to distinguish between brushes used for internal cleaning of equipment and those used to clean floors and external surfaces.

The manner and frequency of cleaning of the various production areas is set out in cleaning schedules for each department included among the operational instructions. The site surrounding the factory premises is kept free of waste and vegetation. Offices and toilets are cleaned by an external company. The maintenance of equipment and buildings is controlled by maintenance and cleaning plans.
Internal audits are used to monitor compliance and the status of hygiene within Sonneveld.

Glass and hard plastic breakages

Among the measures included in the HACCP system is a procedure for dealing with breakages of glass and hard plastics. The procedure describes what an employee must do if breakages of glass or hard plastic are detected.

Lighting in the production areas is provided with protective covers as a preventative measure. The positioning of lighting has been chosen so as to minimise the probability of breakages through impact or collision. Windows in the production areas are also provided with a special layer to prevent splintering.

3.3. Pest management

Pest control is also an element of the HACCP plan. A service agreement has been made with an external company for the preventative control of pests. The contract includes: crawling insects, mice and rats, moths, cockroaches and birds.

Only mechanical pest traps are used, no toxic methods.

A number of further measures are taken to further limit the presence of different type of pests. There are no penetrations through walls and ceilings, and the minimisation of vegetation on the surrounding site keeps sheltering places for vermin to a minimum. The doors of the factory are kept shut whenever possible, and an "air lock" arrangement is used at the entrance to the goods inward area.

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