What is a food-safe door?


What is a food-safe door?

Hello! Blake here from Tekta and today we’re answering the question, “What is a food-safe door?”


Doors installed in food processing facilities pose 2 significant risks to food-safety:

  • Doors can harbour microbiological contaminants.
  • They are potential sources of foreign body contamination.


To mitigate these risks, doors installed in food production areas should be Hygienically designed. Meaning that:

  • Doors should be constructed from non-porous materials, like stainless steel and PVC, preventing the absorption of liquids and contaminants.
  • They should have a smooth and seamless design with minimal ledges and recesses, to ensure the door is easy to clean.
  • Doors should be constructed from materials that are resistant to corrosion, (particularly in wash-down areas).


To mitigate the risk of foreign body contamination, doors should be durable and impact-resistant. In busy factories, doors are subject to high-usage and potentially damage. Doors should:

  • Be robust enough to with-stand the anticipated usage, and tested to a suitable number of cycles.
  • Be finished in a way that will not crack or chip upon impact. Stainless steel (again) is a great example.


So, there you have it! Some simple pointers for what makes a food-safe door! If you’re involved in selecting doors for food production environments, reach out to the Tekta team today, we’re happy to help!


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