EHEDG Guidelines

In Europe, the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) is the most experienced organization in the field of hygienic design. EHEDG is a European-based nongovernmental organization, more specifically a consortium of process equipment manufacturers, food industries, universities, research institutes and public health authorities, founded in 1989, with the aim to promote hygiene during the processing and packing of food products. It has developed 45 guidelines. In Table 7.1, an overview is given of those EHEDG guidelines, dealing with the hygienic design of closed equipment for the manufacturing of liquid food.

Other European Standards

Other specifications used in the food industry are the requirements of the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and the German Standardization Authority (DIN) (more specifically for fittings), the bulletins of the International Dairy Foundation (IDF) and the British Standards BS 5750. Note that many food and equipment manufacturers have developed their own hygiene standards for internal use.

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