Remco Employees Achieve SQF 8 Practitioner Qualification

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Remco Products recently asked its business development managers to take the SQF practitioner qualification exam, after many hours of training spread across several months. Each employee passed on their first attempt and became qualified in the Safe Quality Food Institute’s eighth edition of their food code. Remco trained its business development managers for the exam to improve their knowledge on the food safety and regulatory compliance challenges their customers deal with.

SQF version 8 is a recently updated globally recognized food safety management system that incorporates a quality component. The system is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and is used by retailers, manufacturers, and restaurants around the world to ensure the food they’re producing is safe and high-quality.

The training course, overseen by Remco’s Education and Technical Support Manager Amit Kheradia, took place over 12 training sessions. The group focused on food and beverage manufacturing but touched on all SQF sections. Kheradia trained employees for the exam through a variety of workshops, webinars, quizzes, and practiced with Remco’s tools as examples.

SQF 8 Qualified Practitioners take an exam to prove they know the tenets of the SQF system so they can help their organization improve their food safety. Traditionally, these practitioners would be in charge of implementing food safety measures across a facility and keeping the entire premises compliant with SQF’s code.

Remco Products employees took the exam so they could be of more help to customers during site visits. One of the company values is excellence, and the group wanted to learn even more about the regulatory and process challenges their customers face every day. Their hope is that by becoming qualified as SQF Practitioners, they’ll be able to pass along valuable knowledge and make better recommendations to Remco’s customers.

Remco Products Partners with Top Dog Manufacturing to add Hygienic Worker Protection

Remco Products expands its color-coded tool selection to include high-quality PPE through Top Dog Manufacturing

Remco Products has partnered with Top Dog to offer a line of food-safe aprons, gowns, and sleeves. Top Dog offers a line of reusable die-cut color-coded worker protection gear that perfectly complements Remco and Vikan’s core color offerings.

Top Dog’s high-quality reusable garments are made from 100% pure polyether polyurethane, which makes them durable and hygienic. There are no seams to come loose and no crevices for bacteria to build up in. After use, they can be put in the washer and dryer for easy cleaning. Since the garments don’t absorb moisture and aren’t affected by paint, chemicals, bleach, ammonia, acids, food coloring, glue, and more, the washer and dryer will be enough to get them ready for use again.

These polyurethane garments are:

  • Food safe (FDA-compliant)
  • Reusable, for around 3 months with regular use
  • Virtually non-stick and non-staining
  • Resistant to chemical and acidic sanitation products
  • Impervious to animal fats and degreasers
  • Odor-free and have no off-gassing
  • Non-porous—won’t host bacteria or mold
  • Washer and dryer safe
  • Able to be used in cold and hot environments without cracking or stiffening
  • Easily repairable
  • Able to return to its original shape after stretching
  • Completely latex free
  • Recyclable
  • Waterproof
  • Highly abrasive resistant

Remco is proud to add such high-quality products to its color-coded sanitation line. The five colors Top Dog offers pair with the core colors of Remco and Vikan tools, increasing the effectiveness of end users’ HACCP plans. Color-coded garments provide food manufacturers an additional tool for quick visual verification. This helps ensure that the right people are using the right tools for specified zones. These products are durable and hygienic, making them an excellent complement to Remco Products’ cleaning and material handling tools.

About Remco Products

Remco provides color-coded tools for cleaning and material handling where hygiene and safety are critical. The introduction of a food-safe poly shovel more than 30 years ago established Remco as an industry pioneer of hygienic design. In addition to its hygienic shovels, scoops, and scrapers, Remco features Vikan’s advanced line of brushes, brooms, and squeegees. Together with Vikan, Remco supports color-coding plans by offering more tools in more colors than any other supplier. Remco also provides training and support to end users, helping ensure regulatory compliance. Regardless of an operation’s size or complexity, Remco has the tools and expertise to help execute HACCP color-coding plans.

About Top Dog

Located in the Prince Edward Island province of Canada, Top Dog Manufacturing uses pure polyether polyurethane because of its suitability for industries in which hygiene is a top concern. The company’s aprons, gowns, and sleeves are all CFIA, FDA, and USDA compliant.

Remco to Give Hygienic Design Talk at IPPE 2018; Will Be Available at Booth B4716

The hygienic color-coded tools company will be at Booth B4716 during the Expo

Remco Products will give a presentation on hygienic design standards at the International Production & Processing Expo on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The presentation will be titled “Hygienic Design for Cleaning and Food Handling Tools,” and will take place from 10-10:20 a.m. in Booth B8715.

Rob Middendorf, business development director at Remco Products, will be delivering the presentation. Along with some of his colleagues, he’ll be available to answer questions at Booth B417 throughout the three-day Expo. Topics covered in the presentation include specific hygienic design standards, such as BRC, FSSC 22000 v. 4.1, and SQF Code Edition 8, and real-world applications. He will also include information on HARPC, preventive controls, and cleaning tools as vectors of contamination.

Participants interested in attending the session should make their way over to Booth B8715 about 10 minutes early to ensure a good spot. Plan on the presentation lasting 20 minutes, hopefully with time for questions. Those who are interested in food safety, want to know more about HARPC or any updated design standard such as SQF Edition 8, or are in charge of food industry sanitation measures won’t want to miss this.

Remco Products Will Have Booth at IPPE 2017

Rob Middendorf of Remco Products will give a presentation on hygienic design at IPPE 2018

Remco Products will give a presentation on hygienic design standards at the International Production & Processing Expo on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The presentation will be titled “Hygienic Design for Cleaning and Food Handling Tools,” and will take place from 10-10:20 a.m. in Booth B8715.

Rob Middendorf, business development director at Remco Products, will be delivering the presentation. Along with some of his colleagues, he’ll be available to answer questions at Booth B4176 throughout the three-day Expo. Topics covered in the presentation include specific hygienic design standards, such as BRC, FSSC 22000 v. 4.1, and SQF Code Edition 8, and real-world applications. He will also include information on HARPC, preventive controls, and cleaning tools as vectors of contamination.

Participants interested in attending the session should make their way over to Booth B8715 about 10 minutes early to ensure a good spot. Plan on the presentation lasting 20 minutes, hopefully with time for questions. Those who are interested in food safety, want to know more about HARPC or any updated design standard such as SQF Edition 8, or are in charge of food industry sanitation measures won’t want to miss this.

Remco and Vikan Introduce New UST Detail Brush

Pastry and detail brush
New ultra-hygienic detail brush cleans hard-to-reach areas or works as an FDA-compliant pastry brush

Remco Products proudly introduces the UST Detail Brush from Vikan, the smallest brush to join the Ultra Safe Technology line. The small brush is ultra-hygienic, FDA-compliant, and fully molded. Useful as either a cleaning tool or a pastry brush, this product is appropriate for bakeries, food manufacturing facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and wherever hygiene is a top priority.

Corners, crevices, narrow gaps, and other hard-to-reach areas make perfect hiding places for dry debris, including allergens. These areas are also difficult to clean without just the right brush. With its optimized soft bristles, great ergonomics, and UST advantages, the UST Detail Brush is ideal for cleaning these areas. The narrow block and long bristles allow the brush to get into the crooks and crannies other brushes can’t touch, and the soft bristles easily clear soils away.

The UST Detail Brush is the latest Vikan brush to feature Ultra Safe Technology. UST brushes incorporate hygienic design principles and the fully molded UST bristle system, giving users:

  • Vikan’s best cleaning efficacy
  • Easier hygienic cleaning of the brush
  • Lower risk of bristle loss
  • FDA-compliant material
  • Minimized risk of cross-contamination

The Detail Brush can also be used as a pastry or glazing brush. The bristles are soft enough to spread butter, eggs, and oil over delicate pastries without damaging dough or the finished product. The brush’s small size gives workers superior control when in use, too. It’s also a more hygienic option to standard pastry brushes and comes in eight colors to support color-coded HACCP plans.

Along with other brushes in Vikan’s Ultra Safe Technology line, the Detail Brush can take end users to the next step toward the greater hygienic certainty that only Remco and Vikan delivers.

Remco Products and Vikan Introduce New Stainless Steel Scrapers

Color-Coded Stainless Steel Scraper
Hygienic stainless steel scrapers handle tough messes for food processing industry

In response to customer needs for a better solution for sticky, dried and burnt-on soils, Remco Products and Vikan have launched a new selection of FDA-compliant, color-coded Stainless Steel Scrapers. Remco’s hand-held scrapers feature a beveled blade edge that is particularly effective in scraping away food materials. Vikan’s new stainless steel scrapers can be mounted to a handle, greatly extending the user’s reach.

Both handheld and handle-mounted versions (compatible with Euro-threaded handles) are available in two popular sizes and up to 9 colors.

Remco and Vikan developed their respective Stainless Steel Scrapers to deal with some of the toughest applications in the food and beverages industry, including:

  • Dough, confectionery gels, and pastes
  • Soft chocolate and cheese
  • Dried powders and other bakery debris
  • Hardened chocolate
  • Burnt-on meat and other soils

Stainless steel blades, a high-strength attachment point, and – in the handheld models – an ergonomic finger rest enable forceful soil removal without the excessive use of hot water or detergents.

Gentle on surfaces
While tough on soils, Vikan’s scrapers feature rounded blade corners and a non-beveled edge ensuring that these scrapers go easy on surfaces, so that cleaning staff can protect tables, counters, equipment, and utensils while keeping them cleaner.

The Remco and Vikan scraper family
In addition to Remco’s and Vikan’s new offerings, both manufacturers build several additional scrapers to fit customer needs. Constructed with FDA-compliant materials (polypropylene, nylon and stainless steel), there are are scrapers available in multiple colors and suited for various tasks.

“The soils these tools are designed to remove are amongst the most stubborn you’ll encounter in food and beverage facilities,” said Vikan Global Hygiene Specialist Debra Smith. “The new scrapers enable staff to remove these soils more effectively and easily – which means more hygienic environments and, ultimately, less risk of food safety issues.”

Remco Lobby Dustpan Set Recognized with Innovation Award at the 2017 Process Expo

The Lobby Dustpan Set received two nominations in the prestigious competition

Remco Products competed as a finalist in two of seven categories at the 2017 Process Expo’s Innovation Showcase with its new Color-Coded Lobby Dustpan Set. The new offering, developed by a strategic partner, won top honor in the Pet Foods category.

Each category had three finalists that were chosen in advance of the Expo by members of each industry’s trade press. At the Expo, each finalist gave a 3-minute product presentation to a panel of food processor judges.

Products were evaluated based on:

  • Innovative distinction from other products currently on the market
  • Benefit to the industry, processor or consumer
  • Disruption to the market status quo
  • Practicality of implementation
  • Value for the cost

The Lobby Dustpan Set was deemed best in its category for Pet Foods and competed as one of three finalists in the Confectionary/Candy/Sweets category.

“Processors need color-coded tools that are durable, hygienically designed and FDA-compliant,” Remco Products President Mike Garrison said. “The Lobby Dustpan Set has seen a high demand since its debut thanks to its ability to fill these challenging customer needs.”

Remco has been working with the food industry for over 30 years and their long-standing strategic partnerships uniquely position them to provide products that meet the industry’s changing needs. It’s this knowledge that led to past innovations like their hygienic polypropylene shovels, stainless steel scrapers, and condensation squeegees.

Remco’s Color-Coded Lobby Dustpan Set is a durable, ergonomic, and FDA-compliant alternative to standard broom sets. The dustpan has no hard edges or witness lines that could trap food residue or bacteria and can be easily disassembled and reassembled for regular washing and sanitizing. The large, 7×14 inch bin allows for big and small cleanup jobs, while the tall, 37-inch handle alleviates back pain that stems for leaning over shorter dustpans. The lobby dustpan was created with food processors and food service workers in mind. More features, benefits, and specifications.

Remco Corporation, Color-Coded Tool Provider, Adds Four New Positions

Remco Products
Food industry supplier sees growth in key customer service positions

Remco Products Corporation, which has been operating out of Zionsville for over 30 years, has recently undergone significant growth. The plastics company makes color-coded hygienic material handling tools and is the exclusive US partner of Vikan, a hygienic brushware company out of Denmark. The company cites rising demand for color-coded hygienic tools in the food processing industry as the bases for its recent growth.

“Customer support has always been our main focus, and with the additions to our staff in key training and customer service roles, we’re more able than ever to offer our customers the best-in-industry service they’re used to,” said Mike Garrison, Remco president.

Amit Kheradia fills the new position of educational and technical support manager. The position was created to provide support and training to the Remco team, their customers, and their end-users. Kheradia last worked at Talevas Consulting, where he held the position of food safety specialist for the fresh produce sector. He holds over 20 certifications from organizations like the FDA and the British Retail Consortium, and has worked for top-tier companies like ConAgra Foods. Kheradia brings 10 years of food industry experience to the position.

Dan Ollikainen was hired as the human resources manager. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in organizational leadership. Before Remco, he worked as a human resources generalist for 5 years at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, LLC, and, prior to that, served as an employment manager and coordinator for Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

After nine years at Grainger as an account manager, Matt Morrow became one of Remco’s newest business development managers. Morrow lives in the Memphis, Tenn., area and will be a resource for Remco’s customers in the South.

Dave Gambrall joins Remco from Ray Skillman Auto Group, where he worked as a business/sales manager who helped open a new franchise and oversaw 20 sales team members. Gambrall will take on the business development manager position in the Great Plains states for Remco Products.

Remco looks forward to growing even more in the coming year, along with completing renovations to its Zionsville, Ind., offices to accommodate the growing staff and make the most of the space.

Remco Announces New Lobby Dustpan and Broom for Food Processors

High-quality lobby dustpan and broom set is FDA-compliant and color-coded

Food processors have a new choice in lobby dustpan and broom sets. Remco Products is putting out a high-quality lobby dustpan set made of FDA-approved materials. The handles are made of sturdy aluminum and the dustpan itself is made of polypropylene, a durable and food-safe plastic, and is manufactured right here in the United States.

Remco knows the value of hygienically designed cleaning tools in the food processing industry. Smooth angles and a lack of crevices make the hygienically designed dustpan easy to keep clean, and don’t provide a space for bacteria to grow and multiply in. The handles detach for easy cleaning, too.

The dustpan smoothly swings open and closed on two hinges that lock into the open position to make sweeping into and emptying the pan easier. Store the broom in the fitted capture located on the dustpan lid to carry and store the set as one unit. The included broom is made of polypropylene and medium-textured polyester bristles. The bristles are ideal for sweeping up small and large particles.

The large, 7” by 14” bin allows for big and small cleanup jobs while the tall, 37” handle prevents back pain that stems from leaning over shorter dustpans. The dustpan is ideally suited for food processing facilities, where hygienically designed, food-safe tools are needed. However, they can also be useful in many different applications where a hygienic and sturdy dustpan and broom set is needed.

The lobby dustpan and broom set will come in nine different colors to promote HACCP color-coding plans, like many of Remco’s tools. The colors can be used to designate which zone the dustpan set should be used in. This means products that touch raw meat won’t be used in zones where finished products are being packaged. Keeping zones separate helps prevent cross-contamination and allergen cross-contact.

The Lobby Dustpan set will be available for purchase April 1, 2017. In the meantime, customers who have questions about it may contact cs@remcoproducts.com or go online for more information at https://remcoproducts.com/lobbydustpans/.

 

See the Many Colors of Remco at IPPE

Vikan Hand Brushes
Join Remco Products in Atlanta from 1/31-2/2 at the International Production and Processing Expo

 

Remco Products will be at IPPE in Atlanta from Jan. 31st to Feb. 2nd. The company, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of hygienic color-coded tools for the food industry, will be showing off some of their products in their nine bright colors. IPPE attendees will also be able to see some of the tools from Remco and Vikan’s 1,100 product line. Experts from Remco Products will be on hand to talk about the value of color-coding in the food industry and the design difference in hygienic tools.

Color coding can be used to:

  1. Provide zone control.

    Different colors can be assigned to each step in the process, or by manufacturing lines. In the meat industry, many choose to use red tools in the raw prep areas and white for finished products. This is also useful for protecting against allergen cross-contact and can be an important part of a HACCP plan.

  2. Increase traceability.

    When colors are assigned to zones, confirming that a tool is misplaced is easy, and tracing it back to its point of origination is quick. This level of traceability can translate to the prevention of costly recalls.

  3. Divide workspaces.

    For example, red could be used by first shift, while blue could indicate the second shift. Using color-coding to designate workspaces in this way can be particularly helpful to companies that closely monitor tool and equipment costs. The result can be a reduced incidence or misuse of tools in unapproved areas, as well as fewer lost or misplaced items.

  4. Facilitate 5S Systems.

    This system works by promoting five pillars: sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain. If followed, a workplace should be completely organized at all times. The 5S System recommends integrating color cues throughout a work process or facility in order to reduce waste and optimize productivity. The color-coding promotes a workplace culture where tools and supplies are placed where they are needed and are well-maintained for longevity of use. Color-coded tools intuitively complement and support the goals of a 5S workplace.

  5. Separate cleaning and sanitation.

    Black is commonly used to identify cleaning tools used on floors and around drains. Other colors can designate tools that are appropriate for sanitizing food-contact surfaces, or to differentiate among tools that are specified for use with particular chemical agents. This can also help prevent using a powerful cleaner on the wrong equipment.

Remco representatives will be on hand to answer any color-coding questions at IPPE, as well as help attendees determine if it’s the right choice for their facilities. Visitors will be able to learn the difference between hygienically designed tools and standard tools, and find out more about color-coding for food safety and allergen control. For more information, please contact our customer service representatives here.

About Remco Products

Remco provides material handling and cleaning tools that are used in food processing sanitation programs and industrial cleaning applications where hygiene and safety are critical. The introduction of a one-piece polypropylene shovel more than 30 years ago established Remco as an industry pioneer. In addition to its hygienic shovels, scoops, and scrapers, Remco features Vikan’s advanced line of brushes, brooms, and squeegees. Remco supports color-coding plans by offering more tools in more colors than any other supplier. Remco also provides training and support to end users, helping ensure regulatory compliance. Regardless of an operation’s size or complexity, Remco has the tools and expertise to help execute HACCP plans.