Jump to content

  • Quick Navigation
- - - - -

Hygiene of Strip curtains

hygiene food safety crosscontamination

  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic


    Grade - Active

  • IFSQN Active
  • 15 posts
  • 0 thanks

  • Earth

Posted 24 June 2021 - 09:55 AM

Hi all, I work in a flight catering company. So we have 24hr production, I would like to know your opinions on how often should the strip curtains installed in walk in chillers, freezers be cleaned. I feel it is a source of cross contamination, as trolleys are pulled in & out through the day, it rubs on the staff aprons as they go about, the staff could be wearing gloves which comes in contact with the curtains & might continue to use the same gloves for cooking unknowingly. & I would also like to know if anyone does hygiene monitoring - ATP swab on strip curtains & what would the ideal count be? Thank you



  • IFSQN Fellow
  • 3,808 posts
  • 1025 thanks

  • Canada
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 24 June 2021 - 02:45 PM

switch them out for high speed doors


problem solved


you'd have to run atp swabs to get a baseline first, but I'd be shooting for less than 500 units........given what they are if you can get that low consistently, i'd be impressed


I'd spend the extra time/energy on your people/process flow


They should be changing gloves once they've touched the strips every time

Please stop referring to me as Sir/sirs


    Grade - MIFSQN

  • IFSQN Member
  • 125 posts
  • 45 thanks

  • United States
    United States

Posted 24 June 2021 - 02:53 PM

If the staff aren't wearing gloves (or aren't changing gloves) your numbers will probably be off the charts, as far as ATP tests go. I agree with Scampi that high-speed doors are preferable, but in our operation we can't afford them. We use a window cleaner/squeegee with an extender pole to clean our strip curtains. They are cleaned and tested once a week, but we also supervise cGMPs (gloves and so forth) pretty stringently, and we aren't running 24/7. 

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users