FDA and USDA Certified Robotic Food Processing Systems
A Review of Regulations and Considerations for Increasing Sanitation in Food Manufacturing Facilities
Food-borne diseases account for an estimated 76 million illnesses, 350,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Frustrations are growing as the number of various diseases transmitted by food now exceeds 250, including E. coli bacteria, often found in ground beef; hepatitis A, a virus linked to shellfish and fruits; and the ever-persistent Norwalk virus, which also starts in raw shellfish or water and can spread rapidly from person to person.
Robotics and automation in food processing and packaging are one of the many possible paths available to reduce the introduction of these bacteria.
But even automated food processing machines must undergo strict design evaluation, stringent cleaning processes and continuous inspections to ensure their safe operation in our food manufacturing facilities.
This report will focus on food sanitation issues in the high volume food manufacturing environment, with particular focus on robotic automation solutions that help protect food from contamination in the “upstream processes” before it is packaged.