Flowcrete Group Ltd has attained International HACCP Certification for its antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors.

Global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has attained International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors.

This certification, which applies to Flowcrete South Africa’s Flowfresh range, means that food and beverage producers across Africa that are operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based food safety programme can specify Flowfresh flooring materials – safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards.

This certification is a globally recognised benchmark of food safety, and as such is an important set of criteria for businesses eager to gain access to lucrative export markets.

“Our polyurethane range has been able to achieve the HACCP International certification thanks to its ability to deliver a long list of strict food industry flooring requirements,” says Flowcrete Group’s Technical Director, Grant Adamson. “To provide food manufacturers with a floor that goes above and beyond the highest food safety standards, we’ve created Flowfresh out of an exclusive global partnership with antimicrobials manufacturer *Polygiene. A silver-ion based bactericidal additive is mixed into the Flowfresh material, resulting in a floor finish that has the ability to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria that comes into contact with the coating.”

Flowfresh has also been proven to meet the ISO 22196 standard, which measures a surface’s antibacterial effectiveness. The *Polygiene agent is homogeneously distributed throughout the Flowfresh finish. This means that, should the coating ever chip, any contaminants that fall into that space will still be exposed to the bacteria-killing flooring ingredient.

Not only does a floor have to provide a hygienic surface, it needs to do so in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock. If the floor cannot withstand these conditions, it can quickly fail, leading to germs and pathogens infiltrating hard-to-clean cracks.

HACCP guidelines state that a seamless and impervious finish must be maintained at all times, even when subjected to harsh conditions in a large-scale food processing facility’s intense working environment. Flowfresh has been specifically formulated to provide a surface that will comply with food industry regulations for an extended period of time despite the sector’s inherently challenging conditions.

To meet the HACCP International standard, floors need to allow for adequate drainage and cleaning. A Flowfresh coating can be laid to incorporate stainless steel drainage to effectively channel contaminants and excess liquid out of the area. Coving can also be incorporated to create a seamless, easily cleanable transition to the wall and the floor’s texture can even be tailored to best suit the on-site cleaning programme.

HACCP management systems help safeguard facilities from risks such as spoiled produce and tainted equipment, thus protecting consumers from outbreaks of foodborne illness, a potentially fatal circumstance that could have serious financial and reputational repercussions for the manufacturer.

A seamless, high-performance polyurethane finish will also prevent common food industry by-products like fats, acids, blood and oils from seeping into the underlying concrete and damaging the substrate.

*Polygiene is a Registered Trademark.