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Food Production

One of the most challenging in the food industry

Product Processing

Chilled Ready-to-eat (RTE) food production is one of the most challenging in the food industry, particularly in relation to microbial control.

With our microbiological expertise and extensive range of control options, let Remco help you put the ‘chill’ back into your chilled food production.
Chilled Ready-To-Eat (RTE) foods are foods that will not be cooked or reheated before serving.
They include salads (containing fruit, vegetables, beans,


sprouts, pulses, grains, egg, pasta, etc.), cooked and cured meats, smoked fish, sushi, chilled desserts, sandwiches, cheese, and food that has been cooked in advance to serve cold. All require the highest standards of hygienic production to ensure maximum shelf-life and consumer safety.

Control of Listeria monocytogenes

Of greatest concern in the production of chilled RTE foods is the control of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) a common bacterium in nature, that may be found in any food environment, and that is typically transmitted via food to cause serious disease (Listeriosis) in humans.

Listeriosis is a relatively rare disease but the high death rate associated with the infection makes it of significant concern. L. mono is a particular challenge in chilled RTE food production because, unlike most bacteria, it can survive and grow in chilled conditions. The presence of L. mono in foods is regulated in Europe according to Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs, which includes limits for the number of L. mono permissible in chilled RTE foods.

Chilled RTE foods are also susceptible to rapid microbial spoilage. Consequently, strict hygiene control, of both the production environment and the food production equipment, is essential to maximize consumer safety and product shelf-life. 

So how can Remco help? As experts in hygiene control, we can advise on how to minimize the risk of L. mono in your product and factory environment.

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Selecting the right cleaning tools 

Before you select a cleaning tool, there are certain key factors to consider. 
Remco products are purpose-designed precision tools, making it very important to choose just the right tool for any given job. 

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Suggested Products for
Chilled RTE Product Processing 

Chilled RTE Product Processing requires strict adherence to sanitation rules and regulations. Tools from Remco are made out of tough, compliant materials such as polypropylene and stainless steel. Unlike foamed plastic or wooden tools, our high-quality products have smooth surfaces for easy clean-up and better hygiene.
Our tools are hygienically designed, which makes them easier to clean and less likely to harbor bacteria.

Remco tools come in up to twelve colors, making them ideal for integration with color-coded plans. Color-coding helps prevent cross-contamination between raw and finished products, as well as keeping allergens separated.

Regardless of your operation’s size and complexity, Remco has the tools and expertise to help you execute your color-coding plans.

Hygiene and product safety expertise

Remco products and services are based on our unmatched expertise in product safety and hygiene. We continually update and apply our knowledge through energetic relationships with our customers; participation in key food and beverage industry events; and active membership in expert technical organizations, including EHEDG, IAFP, and Campden BRI.

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Pioneered by Vikan and now an industry standard. Find out how color-coding can benefit your business.

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Cleaning tool maintenance

To function optimally throughout their lifecycle, Remco cleaning tools must be cleaned and maintained properly. Find out how to make the most of your Remco products.

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Product Handling

Product handling tools should be product contact compliant, hygienically designed, and ergonomic. Our range aims to meet all your product handling needs.

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Allergen control

You have a legal responsibility to produce products that are free of undeclared allergens. Find out how we can help you meet your legal obligation.

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Control of foreign bodies from cleaning equipment and utensils

This blog post provides information on selection and maintenance of food industry cleaning tools and utensils, with regard to minimising the risk of product contamination by foreign bodies.

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