October 04th, 2011
Akron, OHIO – October 4, 2011 – The development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) reflects a change in the FDA’s approach to safety by requiring food facilities to more strictly evaluate the hazards in their operations and implement effective measures to prevent contamination. Against this background, a team of experts from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL), a leader in flexible tubing for the dairy industry, emphasized the importance of maintaining the safety and integrity of connections between dairy systems and operations at booth AR 435, of the 2011 World Dairy Expo, October 4-8 in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Food safety is a pivotal issue and one that will always be at the forefront of the dairy industry,” says Damien Canac, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverages, Process Systems Business Unit at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “Using our familiarity with and experience in this industry, SGPPL is committed to enhancing the safe consumption of dairy products through constant innovation and partnership with our customers.”
At the heart of SGPPL’s solutions is a dedication to improving the performance of dairy processing and transfer applications without sacrificing either product quality or safety. SGPPL’s Transflow® Dairy Tubing was produced specifically for the industry and comes embedded with Saint-Gobain’s Blue Stripe™, which serves as customer’s guarantee that the product meets FDA requirements for raw milk handling and the 3-A Plastic Standards. Many regulatory sanitarians throughout the world recognize Transflow® as the preferred tubing for raw milk transfer.
“For more than 25 years the Blue Stripe™ has been recognized across the market as the symbol of Saint-Gobain’s experience in the dairy industry and a mark of quality and performance,” Canac continues. “The brand is so strong that we recently renewed its trademark, so customers can be sure that we will continue to provide safe and high-performance solutions in the years to come.”
Connective solutions are employed in all stages of the dairy process – from the dairy farms, to tanker trucks, to plant storage, and within the plant itself – and it is critical that they perform as needed while maintaining the integrity of the products they carry. Saint-Gobain offers a range of advanced solutions for both dairy product transfer and processing to ensure product safety while reducing total systems costs, maintenance and repair expenses, resulting in minimized operations downtime.
Dairy Product Transfer
SGPPL’s solutions for dairy product transfer combine the Transflow® line of tubing, high-performance Gladiator® hoses, and ReSeal® fittings. They can be used in all stages of the dairy transfer process – from the dairy farms, to tanker trucks, to plant storage, and within the plant itself.
Transflow® tubing minimizes the potential for bacterial growth, promoting a safe and sanitary fluid path, thanks to a smooth, non porous inner surface that is less susceptible to particle entrapment. Designed for convenience and long service life, it is extremely flexible and easy to install around milk handling equipment. The tubing’s transparent surface permits detection of equipment deficiencies such as backflow of milk into the air lines while resisting the damage caused by oxidation.
The crush-resistant Gladiator® hoses are rated for high-pressures. They guarantee a secure and flexible connection between systems and pipes for loading and unloading raw products in high-traffic areas.
SGPPL’s solutions for dairy transfer have been created with ease-of-use in mind. Designed for Clean-In-Place (CIP) convenience, no disassembly is required, minimizing operational downtime and associated costs.
SGPPL’s solutions for dairy processing incorporate SaniGard® hosing and ReSeal® fittings to ensure optimum performance under the high pressures and temperatures associated with these operations.
SaniGard® hoses are specifically designed for higher temperatures and demanding applications. They can withstand frequent cleaning without imparting taste or odor. SGPPL’s ReSeal® fittings are completely reusable and offer savings of up to 50% on standard replacement costs over time.
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