10 Things To Know About Color-Coding: Who Can Benefit from Color-Coding?

In a previous post, we discussed the top ten things to know about color-coding.

The first point was: All types of food processing facilities can benefit from a color-coding program. Whether the facility is concerned with cross-contamination or not, any food processing center can benefit from color-coding. Color-coding helps keep the work area sanitary, and also helps with organization.

While many different industries can use color-coding, the industries that can benefit most from color-coding, however, are:

  • Color-coded zones with matching wall brackets
  • Seafood
  • Dairy
  • Produce/raw ingredients
  • Baking/snack
  • Confectionery
  • Beverage
  • Vineyard/winery
  • Janitorial/sanitation

These are the industries most concerned with preventing cross-contamination, especially when dealing with pathogens, allergens, and other foreign contaminates, and complying with FDA and USDA regulations. In the light of recent food recalls, it is more important than ever to be as vigilant as possible in food processing facilities.


Color-coding can help with issues other than cross-contamination. For instance, keeping the workplace organized is one way color-coding can be helpful, because it helps keep confusion at a minimum. For a facility that has many employees, color-coding can help keep track of tools in a particular work area. On the other hand, a facility that has fewer employees, this level of organization would also be helpful. For example, one color could be for a particular employee or employee role.

Color-coding goes beyond cleaning and material-handling tools. All kinds of accessories can be color-coded to help ensure complete understanding. Hair nets, footwear, clothing, gloves, mats, bins and even tape can be color-coded to make distinguishing between different zones easy. Whatever your food processing facility may be, color-coding can be very helpful, if it is done effectively.

In the next part in our color-coding blog series, we will discuss how color-coding can be used to prevent cross-contamination.

10 Things to Know About Color-Coding: Series Introduction

Color-coding is an important part of any food-safety program, no matter what kind of facility it is.

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Not only does it help prevent cross-contamination due to pathogens, allergens and foreign contaminates, color-coding has a variety of other uses. With the number of governmental regulations growing, it is essential that food processing facilities stay on top of the current trends and best practices to be market leaders. Implementing a color-coding program is a great way to help accomplish that.

Here are the top ten things that you should know about color-coding.

  1. All types of food processing facilities can benefit from color-coding
  2. It helps prevent cross-contamination in food processing facilities
  3. It helps to distinguish between critical zones and control points
  4. There is currently no standard set of rules for color-coding, just best practices
  5. Color-coding programs are looked upon favorably by visiting authorities and customers
  6. It simplifies the traceability of tools
  7. Color-coding breaks through existing language barriers
  8. Simplicity is essential for an effective program
  9. Communication is key
  10. Complete implementation improves internal adoption

In-depth discussions of each point will be available in future posts.

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