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CESA seeks dishwasher safety views

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The Catering Equipment Suppliers' Association (CESA) is asking dishwasher manufacturers for their views on safety best practice. 

It has arranged a specialised meeting to focus on the event at its London offices on June 28th, Catering Insight reports. 

This has been prompted by the food and drink research and development firm Campden BRI, which is an associate member of the organisation, being commissioned by the Food Standards Agency to create new guidelines on controlling the cross contamination of the E.coli O157 bacteria on dishwashers using heat disinfection. 

To help it produce this guide, Campden is seeking the opinions of manufacturers and is also looking to increase its understanding of the use of chemicals in the cleaning process. 

The main areas in which it is looking for views are best practice in dishwashing and validation methods, equipment performance, training requirements and third party validation services.

Once produced, the document will be focused towards small firms and will provide advice on how they can check that dishwashers are meeting the required safety standards. It will also explain how best practices can be achieved by using dishwasher stacking and maintenance patterns.

By publishing these guidelines Campden hopes to control and limit the spread of E.coli and other potentially harmful bacteria that can occur in a food service environment. 

The other major organisation in the catering equipment industry - the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) - has announced that it will be helping its members who are looking to recruit new employees. 

Peter Kay, the organisation's director of technical support, told Catering Insight that it will provide details of people looking for work in the sector, which could allow firms to quickly hire new staff. 

"It is intended that we will only list a brief anonymous profile of the individual but ask the job seeker to provide a full CV to members or partners who request it," he told the news provider.

CEDA members voted in favour of the scheme at the organisation's recent general meeting.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801598441-ADNFCR

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