Cross-contamination risk is a major concern in the food supply chain. The transfer of potentially deadly bacteria, viruses or other toxic substances from contaminated foodstuffs or surfaces can have catastrophic outcomes, so minimising the likelihood through adherence to solid food safety practices is essential. These risks are especially prevalent in processing environments including meat production, wherein the base product is a common carrier of bacteria, and therefore demands that adequate preventative measures be in place.
The meat processing supply chain is susceptible to cross-contamination risk via multiple channels. The inherent presence of bacteria and other pathogens within the raw material itself immediately introduces risk of biological contamination if meat products are intermingled before, during or after slaughter. Product-to-product contact or repeated contact with common processing surfaces, including operators’ hands, will quickly lead to cross-contamination.
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