European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG)

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes as well as public health authorities and was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote hygiene during the processing and packaging of food products.

The principal goal of EHEDG is the promotion of safe food by improving hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacturing. EHEDG actively supports European legislation, which requires that handling, preparation processing and packaging of food is done hygienically using hygienic machinery and in hygienic premises.

The equipment manufacturers and users are responsible to implement these requirements and EHEDG provides them with guidance on the essential hygienic design standards in compliance with national and international legislation.

As food safety does not end at the borders of Europe, the EHEDG actively promotes global harmonization of guidelines and standards. The US-based organisations NSF and 3-A have agreed to co-operate in the development of EHEDG Guidelines and in turn, EHEDG co-operates in development of NSF and 3-A standards.

Download the EHEDG yearbook here for free.

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