Cleaning of feed transport units

Hygiene and feed safety during transportation

As an international association, ENFIT has decided to expand the previous basis for safe feed transport, the transport container and the cleaning of the feed transport container with concrete, verified and validated cleaning programs. Therefore, we also recommend using the cleaning programs already developed for cleaning food transport containers for the animal feed or its previous loads. An assignment is made by our expert team.

The basics for cleaning feed transport containers (see GMP+ IDTF database) were worked out years ago by our partner GMP+ international and the members of the ICRT in working groups. So far, they have formed the basis for the transport of animal feed and raw materials that are used for the production of animal feed. However, these are only rough minimum recommendations for cleaning. These minimum recommendations offer the transporters and cleaning stations a great deal of leeway, which does not offer the feed industry the required feed safety.



ENFIT cleaning programs for feed transport units

Pay particular attention to the loading sequence. Compared to food transport, there are a large number of special regulations here. The basics also state that if the cargo hold/feed transport container is not clean after cleaning, an additional cleaning must be carried out. Substances not included in the IDTF database are prohibited as cargo for feed transport containers.

The transporter must be able to prove that no "prohibited products" were transported prior to a feed transport. If a prohibited product has been transported, no animal feed may be transported. Feed may only be transported again after the transport container has been released by an independent loading compartment inspector or by the responsible authority (see “Loading compartment approval procedure after the transport of prohibited substances”).

Previous GMP+ International recommendations:

A. Dry cleaning

B. Cleaning with water

C. Cleaning with water and detergent

D. Disinfection using one of the cleaning methods A, B or C.