Floor Coating Applied to Meat Processing Facility

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2022


Food and beverage industry flooring specialists Allied Finishes recently completed a floor coating project for a chicken meat processing facility. Using its SteriFloor Starke product, the food safe industrial floor project is anticipated to provide a long-term solution for the facility.

About the Project

According to reports, Allied Finishes was approached by a long-term client for a floor solution at the chicken meat processing facility after satisfaction with its earlier work on other sites. A spokeswoman for the company said the project was interesting because Allied Finishes generally work as a more high-end supplier of flooring solutions.

“The client wanted peace of mind in knowing the floor wasn’t going to fail on them in a short period of time,” said the spokeswoman. “Which is a smart choice because you want the investment to last a long time and be easy to clean and maintain.”

After receiving the “go ahead” a week before the project’s start date, the team completed the project within the month of August. The area for the job was reportedly 1,020 square meters (almost 11,000 square feet) in size and consisted of change rooms, production rooms and an anteroom.

“We had to make sure our solution complied with food safety regulations, which all of our SteriFloor products do. As the flooring had to be easy to clean and highly durable, we decided to go with our SteriFloor Starke flooring solution,” said the Allied Finishes spokeswoman.

SteriFloor Starke is a two component, solvent free, low viscosity, heavy-duty protective floor coating suitable for a range of commercial and industrial applications. A color pigment can also be added for an aesthetic appearance, with high strength chemical and abrasion resistance for easy cleaning.

Allied Finishes reports that the coating is free from carcinogens or mutagens to not taint foodstuff, as well as conforms to both the BRCGSFS and SQF food safety standards to meet any audit requirements. It reportedly does not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it “highly suitable” for food and beverage manufacturing facilities.

“It’s ideal for this type of facility and they went with a maze yellow color with a heavy non-slip finish, and this is probably critical in a meat processing facility where there a lot of fats and liquids on the floor,” said the spokeswoman.

Additionally, adhering to workplace health and safety requirements, the floor coating needed to be slip resistant and ensure that it was safe for people to walk on, particularly when wet. This required the floor to be sealed, and a non-slip surface and coving were required in the anteroom and change rooms.

Expansion joints were also reportedly required throughout the facility to ensure it wouldn’t crack in a couple months. Coving was also used in change rooms and complied with food safety regulations as well, reports indicate.

“With over 50 years of history in paint chemistry, we decided it was time to develop our own suite of solutions, specifically designed for the food and beverage manufacturing industry,” wrote Allied Finishes about SteriFloor.

“Each of our SteriFloor solutions have unique antimicrobial technology, incorporated into every layer to maximize the antimicrobial activity. This technology has been designed to stand up against typical acids and chemicals found in food manufacturing facilities.”

The industrial flooring project was reportedly turned around quickly with minimal impact on the production process. It was completed over multiple stages over workdays, at the client’s request.

Coatings for Food and Beverage Plants

Last year, PaintSquare Daily News reported how the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all have regulations in place for food and beverage plants, including which coatings are used in facilities.

While these agencies do not have an approved list of linings and coatings, they still maintain certain standards for facilities to meet compliance.

One of the FDA’s primary responsibilities is protecting the public health by ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply and products. They focus on direct food contact when it comes to coatings and linings, including inside tanks and other vessels.

According to the FDA’s CFR 175.300, which outlines substances for use as components of coatings, resinous and polymeric coatings may be safely used for food contact surfaces in the under the condition that the coating is applied as a continuous film or enamel over a metal substrate, or the coating is intended for repeated food-contact use and is applied to any suitable substrate as a continuous film or enamel that serves as a functional barrier between the food and the substrate.

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition and related issues based on public policy, the best available science and effective management. In terms of the food and beverage market, the agency focuses on indirect contaminants that may come into contact with food, such as bacteria and pathogens.

In 1981, the USDA created the Food and Safety Inspection Services, which oversees plant inspections. Inspectors reportedly look for FDA Food Code 6-201.11, ensuring “the floors, walls and ceilings… (are) smooth and easily cleanable.”

Surfaces in food and beverage plants can deal with extreme temperatures and exposure to moisture and chemicals. When looking at coatings systems, it’s important to keep regulations in mind as well as what materials they come into contact with on a day-to-day basis.

Walls, which often are constructed with porous concrete block and mortar, can potentially breed bacteria. Applying a coating system will make them less porous and smooth, providing easier clean-up.

Ceiling coatings should also be easy to clean, as these areas can face spraying food products or steam and heat. The ability to adhere to metals, plastics and factory coatings on the underside of decking should also be considered.

Flooring will typically see the most wear of plant surfaces, and inspectors reportedly look at the floors first when entering a plant.

Steel equipment and pipes, which often generate heat and condensation, are recommended to be coated with direct to metal insulative coating. This will provide heat retention, mitigate condensation provide worker safe touch protection (ATSM C1055).

According to Carboline Company, technically speaking, all FDA-approved coatings are also USDA-approved coatings. However, the opposite is not accurate, and USDA-approved coatings cannot come into direct contact with food.

In general, it is recommended to contact coatings manufacturers as a resource for the appropriate coatings systems in these settings.

A refurbishment project for a large oven room in a U.S. Food and beverage manufacturing facility, including the installation of a new high-performance coating system, was also recapped in an article in the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings last December.

The project began with the demolition of tile and brick substrates from both the walls and floors in the oven room to ready the room for new resinous flooring and high-performance wall coatings on the room’s concrete walls and floors.

   

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