Using UVC Disinfection Locks to Provide Great Hygiene

In order to ensure the best possible hygiene in the production process, Sutter GmbH from Rheinhessen uses various technologies, including KRONEN UVC disinfection locks for surface disinfection using UVC radiation. The 3 UVC disinfection locks are used at two production sites of the producer of meat and sausage products for disinfection of sausage casings or ham coatings before further processing into sausage slices and ham slices in order to improve the shelf life and food safety of the products. During production in shifts, between 10 and 30 tons of product are disinfected per day with a UVC lock, depending on the product.

Since 1953, Sutter GmbH has developed from a small country butcher’s shop to a modern but still traditional craftsman’s business, which is still run as a family business today. The company specializes in the production of cooked cured products such as ham, smoked pork or pork belly as well as of scalded sausage products such as wiener. The range also includes meat loaf, ham sausage, mortadella and much more. With the diverse product range, Sutter GmbH supplies major customers from the food retail sector who are active in several European countries, as well as 5 of its own branches of butchery with factory sales. Over 950 people are employed at the various production sites in Germany.

The production of the supplier of meat and sausage products is certified according to IFS (International Food Standard), the products are tested by independent laboratories and the production conditions are also checked in the context of unannounced audits by key customers and visits of the veterinary office. Even before the recent media attention for production conditions in food production, Sutter GmbH took various measures to ensure hygiene in its production – for more than 2 years now, also by using the now 3 UVC disinfection locks. These are typically used in the transition from the “low care” to the “high care” production area. At Sutter GmbH they ensure that the sausage casings and ham coatings are disinfected in the “high care” production areas before these products are cut and packaged as sausage or ham slices. This reduces the transfer of any germs that may be adhering to the mantles to the cut surfaces.

“The KRONEN disinfection locks can be adapted very well to our work processes because they are mobile and e.g. can be moved out of the high care area for cleaning. The machines are easy to clean and the lamps are of very high quality and have a long service life,” Thomas Eckart, head of department at Sutter GmbH said.

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