Food Safe Floor Coatings and Finishes

November 19, 2009

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Installing food safe floor coatings in the facility is one of the numerous items covered by FDA regulations. Both the food processing industry and the FDA are driven by a common goal: to deliver safe and hygienic food products to the consumers.

Food processors can only operate when working in an environment that is FDA-compliant in all aspects – right down to the materials and floor coatings used in the facility. A section of the FDA’s Food Establishment Plan Review Guide specifies the design, installation and construction guidelines for food facilities. A sub-section is devoted to the specific guidelines on food safe floor coatings.

For kitchens, food processing floors, wash areas, storage rooms and waste disposal areas, commercial grade vinyl tiles and seamlessly-poured and sealed concrete are FDA’s approved finishes. Additionally, stainless steel and poured synthetic materials can also be used. These finishes are smooth, non-absorbent, and easy to clean. Furthermore, food safe floor coatings of epoxy-, silicone- or polyurethane-based materials can be installed, coatings that also sustain good flooring performance and longevity.

Note that the FDA does not specify any particular formulation or product for food safe floor coatings. Rather, the material composition of the coatings is considered. Materials that are non-toxic and do not encourage the growth of harmful microorganisms or any food contaminants are even more preferred.

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