Matcon have supplied systems to the most stringent requirements within food and pharmaceuticals to countries such as USA, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, India, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and many others. Most pharmaceutical projects are judged by FDA as the regulatory body, whereas the food industry have a handful of different, more regional regulators (BRC, AIB, BVL, SFDA, MAFF, etc).
In order to harmonise plant layouts and to assure global conformance, a number of global producers initiated the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG). This is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes as well as public health authorities and was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote hygiene during the processing and packing of food products.
The principal goal of EHEDG is the promotion of safe food by improving hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacture.
EHEDG focuses on hygienic engineering for food manufacturing establishments, particularly:
- Equipment and building design as well as cleanability
- Equipment and building installation
- Industrial services and utilities
- Maintenance of assets
EHEDG actively supports European legislation, which requires that handling, preparation processing and packaging of food is done hygienically using hygienic machinery and in hygienic premises (EC Directive 2006/42/EC for Machinery, EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14159 Hygiene requirement).
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