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AVA Vending Hygiene Focus: Transport Requirements.

Transporting foodstuffs for vending and dispensing operations requires strict adherence to hygiene regulations to ensure safety and compliance with the law. Here’s a comprehensive guide to maintaining good hygiene practices while transporting food:

Legal Compliance Essentials

  1. Cleanliness: Vehicles used for transporting food must be clean inside and out. Regular cleaning schedules should be in place.
  2. Design: Ensure the vehicle or its compartments are designed for easy cleaning, with smooth surfaces and minimal crevices.
  3. Temperature Control: For foods requiring temperature control, use transport equipment that meets these requirements.
  4. Separation of Non-Food Items: Cleaning chemicals and other non-food items can be transported alongside foodstuffs if they are adequately separated and packaged to prevent contamination.
  5. Handling Returns: Out-of-date food and used cups can be returned to base if sealed in separate containers to avoid contamination.
  6. Spillage Procedures: Have a written procedure for cleaning the van after any non-food spillage. Clean the van before using it to transport food again.
  7. Protection of Unwrapped Foods: Unwrapped foods, such as fruit, must be transported in enclosed containers to protect against contamination from dust, dirt, and fumes.

Best Practices for Hygiene and Safety

  1. Arrival Checks: Inspect vehicles upon arrival to ensure they are clean and hygienic.
  2. Regular Cleaning: Clean company vehicles and containers regularly to maintain hygiene standards.
  3. Smooth Surfaces: Use materials that are smooth and easy to clean for internal compartments.
  4. Designated Containers: Use separate, designated containers for food, other supplies, and waste to avoid cross-contamination.
  5. Avoid Strong Smells: Do not carry strong-smelling products like air fresheners with food to prevent tainting.
  6. Specialized Fittings: Fit vehicles internally with specific compartments for cleaning supplies and foodstuffs to ensure no contamination occurs.
  7. Sealable Waste Containers: Use sealable containers for transporting waste, including used cups and leftover food.
  8. Packaging Machinery: Seal machinery and components in packaging when transported with food to prevent contamination.
  9. Wrap Foodstuffs: Wrap all food items, except fruit, before dispatch from the operator’s premises to ensure protection.
  10. Sealed Containers: Transport food in sealed containers that can be secured within the van to prevent movement and spillage.
  11. Appropriate Receptacles: Use food-grade plastic or stainless steel receptacles for transporting high-risk foods like sandwiches.

In Conclusion

By taking the above measures, you can ensure that your food transportation is compliant with legal standards and maintains the highest hygiene practices, ensuring the safety and quality of food. Visit the AVA website to learn more , or take a look at our vending solutions.