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CIFM offers official EHEDG Advanced Training Course on Hygienic Design (May 22-24th, 2012)

 

 CIFM joins European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG)

In November of 2004, Purdue University's Center for Integrated Food Manufacturing became a member of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group. EHEDG consists of research centers, equipment manufacturers, food processors, and universities whose main objective is to produce guidelines for the hygienic design of food processing equipment. As such, members of the Test Methods Sub-group also certify that equipment meets the essential health and safety requirements for agri-foodstuffs machinery as stated in Machinery Directive 98/37/EC passed by the European Union Council in 1998. All equipment that is sold or put into use in the European Union (EU) must meet the requirements of the appropriate directives approved by the Council. Equipment certification requires a review of the equipment design features and passing of a standard test for in-place cleanability.

As a member of EHEDG and the Test Methods Sub-group, the CIFM has obtained the necessary pilot plant equipment and training to allow Purdue to become the only EHEDG certification organization in the U.S. When fully approved, U.S. manufactures of food processing equipment will be able to have their equipment tested at Purdue's facility. If the equipment successfully passes the testing, it will obtain "EL approval", demonstrating that it meets the cleanability criteria required for sale and use in the EU.

This program is a perfect fit for the Department. The 9,000 sq. ft. pilot plant, the microbiology expertise, along with various other instruments in the Department gives us most of the necessities to perform this work. These assets will allow us to utilize our customer approach of remaining close to the food and food equipment industries and fill a unique need in the U.S.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative or would like to participate in our development of becoming a testing site for EHEDG, please contact Dr. Mark T. Morgan at (765) 494-1180 or via email at
mmorgan@purdue.edu