SQF APPROVED FLOORING
Puma-Crete® flooring was developed for food and beverage processing facilities. It is accepted by all of the major food manufacturing inspection agencies including USDA, FDA, IFS, FSSC 22000, BRC, FSIS, and is SQF approved flooring. Our flooring meets GFSI guidelines for SQF certification, and helps ensure compliance with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Puma-Crete® food processing floors are heavy duty 1/4 inch troweled urethane mortars. They meet the SQF requirements of a “dense impact resistant material that can be effectively graded, drained, are impervious to liquid and easily cleaned”. In addition, the flooring withstands decades of severe abuse in the same environments where epoxy floors, and other conventional flooring fail. Puma-Crete® is seamless, non-porous, sanitary, and anti microbial flooring. Along with a seamless integral cove base at the floor/wall junction, this floor is easily to wash down and sanitize. Puma-Crete® will help you pass your inspections with flying colors !
Turn-Key SQF Accepted Flooring for Your Facility
EPF manufactures and installs Puma-Crete® flooring. Beware of cheaper “conventional” floor materials, such as epoxy, which will usually start to crack, bubble, blister within 1 year (often sooner). The cost of downtime for repair and replacement can often exceed that of the initial cost of these floors. Even with the best materials, it can result in disaster, with an inexperienced installer who has little experience with the material, or working in food processing plant environments.
Puma-Crete® is installed by our own company crews. We have been serving the food & beverage processing industry for over 30 years. We provide a solid 5 year warranty, and guarantee that the floor shall meet your food inspection standards. This shall be the last floor that you need!
EPF also serves food and beverage processors as expert flooring consultants. Since we are a vertically integrated company, we are able to furnish all types of concrete related services including new concrete slabs, trench drains, slope to drain underlayments, cove and curbs.
EPF is a true one source vendor for SQF flooring!
About SQF Regulations – Processing Floors
SQF (developed by SQFI – Safe Quality Foods Institute) is a quality management system used to verify the level of implementation of a specific food safety and quality plan by a food manufacturer/supplier. Verifications are performed by a third-party audit. All auditors are certified and registered by the Food Marketing Institute, the entity that administers the SQF system.
Level 1 covers food safety fundamentals; at Level 2, certified HACCP food safety plans are recognized; and at Level 3, comprehensive food safety and quality management system.
Overlaying Existing Brick or Tile Floors
SQF levels 2 and 3 do not permit brick or tile flooring (due to grout joints, which may harbor bacteria). EPF can often prepare the surface of brick & tile flooring, to adhere our seamless urethane mortar flooring, without complete tile removal. Please contact a project estimator for more details!
Floors and drains will always have a higher rate of contamination than food contact surfaces, and fortunately, floors and drains are somewhat removed from direct product contact. However, the frequent presence of Listeria organisms in floors and drains does create an ever-present potential threat of cross contamination to food contact surfaces in the post-lethality environment. It is recommended that processors work with sanitation suppliers to develop a sound floor and drain sanitation program if they don’t already have one in place.
Such a program may include:
- Professional installation of SQF approved flooring, such as Puma-Crete® flooring.
- More routine scrubbing of floors and drains
- Application of high levels quat sanitizers
- Limiting use of high pressure hoses (which create aerosols, which transport bacteria).
- Installation of foot baths.
- Altering/limiting employee foot traffic where possible.
SQF Flooring Requirements
Here are excerpts from the SQF Code (Edition 10) Read the complete SQF Regulations here.
3.2.2 Floors, Drains and Waste Traps
18.104.22.168 Floors shall be constructed of smooth, dense impact resistant material that can be effectively graded, drained, are impervious to liquid and easily cleaned.
22.214.171.124 When water is used, floors shall be sloped to floor drains at gradients suitable to allow the effective removal of all overflow or waste water under normal working conditions.
126.96.36.199 Drains shall be constructed and located so they can be easily cleaned and not present a hazard.
188.8.131.52 Wall-to-wall and wall-to-floor junctions shall be designed to be cleaned and sealed to prevent the accumulation of debris.
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For more information, including the color availability, technical properties, or other properties of our SQF approved flooring, or any of our systems, please contact the technical support team at our office, or call us at 1.800.808.7773