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Hygiene Group's new 'pet' project

Published 24th June, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Hygiene Group's new 'pet' project

A one-off cleaning project undertaken by Hygiene Group for a major pet food manufacturer has proved so successful that the company’s services are now being used on a routine basis.

Wagg Foods’ production facility at Thirsk in North Yorkshire manufactures a variety of dried pet foods which are sold through major supermarkets and pet shops across the UK. Many of the major retail chains regularly audit their pet food suppliers, with some of them requiring that products are manufactured to the same standards of hygiene and safety as items destined for human consumption.

With a stringent audit for a major customer imminent, Wagg Foods called in Hygiene Group to undertake a deep clean of the entire facility with specific focus on all aspects of the site’s environmental cleaning requirements. The third party audit was passed successfully and a team from Hygiene Group now works on-site at Thirsk in a flexible arrangement for up to three days each week to ensure Wagg Foods’ environmental hygiene schedule is adhered to and standards are maintained.

Simon Collinson, technical manager for Wagg Foods, said: “We had been undertaking cleaning using internal production staff but knew that, in order to meet the ever more stringent standards demanded by major retailers, we would need to work with a specialist contract cleaning supplier. The contribution of the Hygiene Group team to the initial audit was significant, with dramatic improvements made on-site, prompting very positive comments from the external auditor. Hygiene Group is now helping us to consolidate the improvements made and ensuring standards are not just maintained but exceeded.”

Richard Horton of Hygiene Group added: “This is a clear example of the benefits of using a dedicated cleaning supplier, who can provide dedicated, trained staff with the flexibility to provide one-off deep cleans or ongoing work as required. Pet food production is an area which is subject to increasing scrutiny from retailers with regard to the hygiene of manufacturing facilities and we believe our experience in the food production sector will stand us in good stead for winning further work in this area.”

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