THE GOLDEN ERA OF HYGIENIC DESIGN OPTIMIZING FOOD SAFETY AND FOOD QUALITY BY CONNECTING PEOPLE AND EXPERTISE
These are exciting times for EHEDG. The global food industry collectively recognizes the importance of hygienic engineering and design for safe food processing and packaging. Food producers, scientists, legislators, and equipment manufacturers acknowledge and advocate that hygienic design is an indispensable prerequisite for safe food production. EHEDG is today a trustworthy and competent knowledge platform that provides the necessary expertise to improve food safety worldwide. Consequently, membership is growing. Since our previous print publication, we have again welcomed many new members in our community. Since all of these members bring in their unique knowledge and experience, EHEDG has more expertise to show for than ever before. Connecting the dots and leading the way The leading role of EHEDG in hygienic engineering and design is also noticed by other organizations that strive to make the world of food a safer place. The European Commission is considering including hygienic design as a best available technique. The 3-A organization in the United States is referring to EHEDG guidelines to formulate its sanitary standards for food producers. Also, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) decided to develop one of its scopes with the support of EHEDG expertise. These are great opportunities for EHEDG to position the working field of hygienic engineering and design in a broad context of global food safety. EHEDG continues to emphasize that implementing hygienic equipment and engineering solutions optimizes food safety, sustainability, and food processing productivity. This is the golden era of hygienic design because the industry realizes that investing in hygienic engineering and design creates a win-win-win-situation for people, planet, and profits. In our quest to optimize food safety and food quality, EHEDG is blossoming into a lively community of people that care profoundly about food safety.