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Hygiene coatings approved for the food & beverage industry

The food and beverage industry is one of the most regulated businesses in the UK. It has to follow strict quality, safety and sanitary controls throughout the processes. Food & beverage hygiene coatings are especially designed for applications where hygiene is in a key position; they keep surfaces free from bacteria and so prevent contamination and contribute to food safety. They additionally have other functions such as:

  • Repelling grease, oil and dirt making those stains easy to remove from the surface
  • Odourless and easy to apply
  • Resistance to chemicals allowing cleaning with aggressive substances
  • Forming a durable tough surface

The hygienic coatings are also suitable for use in other areas such as schools, hospitals and other clinics, public showers and changing rooms as well as retirement and other care homes. The most hygiene coatings are, however, used in the food and beverage industry; for example in:

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Coffee houses & canteens

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Food factories

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Antimicrobial and bacterial properties of hygiene coating

Kitchens and food factories in the UK have to remain hygienic at all times; hence coatings and paints with antimicrobial or antibacterial properties are very common within the industry. Antibacterial coatings prevent bacteria growing on the surfaces and so increase food safety. Also antimicrobial coatings inhibit bacteria growth; they additionally protect the surfaces from other microorganisms such as mould and fungi.

Floors need to be coated with hygiene coatings

According to Food Hygiene and Safety Requirements for Catering and Other Food Preparation Facilities, hygiene coating for floors is more a requirement than a recommendation. The places where food is prepared, processed or treated (excluding dining rooms) must be designed for good hygiene practices such as contamination prevention between and during tasks. The floors of these areas must be easy to clean and chemical resistant enabling disinfection. At the same time, they must minimise airborne contamination meaning that the coating should be antibacterial. However, the surfaces should also have protection from mould and dirt. The hygienic floor system must be appropriately maintained and durable; the surface must be hard and impervious as well as non-absorbent.

Suitable hygienic coatings for floors are for example thermoplastic coverings, epoxy resins and terrazzo flooring.

The hygienic paint for floors must also be safe. This means that often an anti slip coating is applied or an anti slip surface is created by other means such as strips, tape or mats. Besides the hygiene paint for floors, there are also other hygiene increasing regulations for floors including:

  • Allowance of adequate surface drainage, and let wastewater flow to a drain.
  • The junction between walls and floors or floors and fixed equipment should be coved, to enable easy cleaning

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Walls need to be protected with hygiene coatings as well

Not only must the floor be appropriately coated, but also walls require hygiene coatings. Also the walls must be kept in good condition and they must be easy to clean. They also must be somewhat resistant to cleaning chemicals so that surface disinfection is possible when necessary. The hygiene paint for walls must meet several requirements; it must thus be impervious and non-absorbent, washable also with aggressive cleaning chemicals. The coating itself must be non-toxic to make sure it does not release any toxins in the air.

Additionally, the hygienic wall paint must be smooth unless the Food, Health and Safety Team confirms use of other materials. Instead of paint also tiles, metal panels and plastic cladding are suitable; however, sometimes an additional hygiene coating layer takes place on them.

Smooth wall paints covered with an additional protective, washable layer are often suitable.

There are additionally regulations for ceiling, window and door construction; all the surfaces must be easy to clean and somewhat immune to forming of dirt and microorganisms such as mould and fungi.

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Where to buy food & beverage hygiene coatings in the UK

Depending on the current condition of the substrate and the purpose of coating, there are products ideal for a quick upgrade of colour coating or a brand new installation. Which one is best for your project depends on the level of hygiene necessary. In the UK epoxy coatings are the most common as hygienic floor coatings. The wall coatings, for their part are often waterborne. When it comes to the protection for the walls, innovative nano coatings are applicable. For further ideas and information, share your project with us! We are happy to provide several quotes for price comparison from different suppliers.