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AEASAN publishes a report on cleaning and disinfection with hot water in cutting rooms and slaughterhouses

The AESAN has just published a report on the equivalence between the disinfection of tools in slaughterhouses and cutting rooms with hot water, at a temperature not lower than 82 °C, and various alternative disinfection systems. The Scientific Committee has assessed several studies carried out to establish whether the disinfection of tools in slaughterhouses and rooms with four alternative systems can be considered equivalent to that carried out with water at a temperature not lower than 82ºC. In short, the AESAN asks for more research to authorize alternatives to hot water.

 

Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004, which establishes specific hygiene standards for food of animal origin, establishes that slaughterhouses and cutting plants, both for ungulates and poultry or lagomorphs, will have facilities for disinfect tools with hot water, at a temperature not lower than 82ºC, or an alternative system with equivalent effects.

 

According to the report, the different tools and utensils used in the slaughterhouse and cutting rooms can allow cross-contamination if inadequate cleaning and disinfection procedures are used. Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004, which establishes specific hygiene standards for food of animal origin, establishes that slaughterhouses and cutting plants, both for ungulates and poultry or lagomorphs, will have facilities for disinfect tools with hot water, at a temperature not lower than 82ºC, or an alternative system with equivalent effects.

The Scientific Committee has evaluated several studies carried out to establish whether disinfection with four alternative systems can be considered equivalent to that carried out with water at a temperature not lower than 82ºC. After reviewing the studies, the Committee concludes that they represent an appreciable effort to demonstrate equivalence. They show that the compounds used give rise to reductions in the microorganisms studied which, under the conditions carried out, seem similar to those obtained with the official method.