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Foster issues decommissioning guide for kitchens facing downtime

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Foster Refrigerator has issued customers with a guide to preserving their refrigeration equipment if they are planning for their kitchens to be out of action for a sustained period of time.

The company said that decommissioning refrigeration equipment properly means that it will be ready for use when the doors open for business again.

If refrigeration equipment is to be switched off for an extended period – classed by Foster as “beyond two days” then it advises customers to follow a set of specific guidelines (detailed at the foot of this article) to ensure the safe decommissioning of its equipment.

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Meanwhile, the company says that the availability of its products and services remain unaffected by the coronavirus.

In a letter to customers on Friday, commercial director Rebecca Vincent said: “We have healthy stock levels of finished goods, in combination with holding items in component form at the manufacturing plant, allowing significant flexibility and continuity of product supply on demand.

“Our supply pipelines are currently full due to provision for Brexit, ensuring an overstocking of componentry to allow a large surplus for safety in instances such as this. We are aware that this is a difficult time for our industry but we are here to support each other.”

Decommissioning your refrigerator

1. Remove any remaining product and dispose or reallocate as appropriate.

2. Isolate from electrical supply and remove plug from socket

3. Clean internal surfaces with sanitiser solution (D10)

4. Ensure that any sanitiser is subsequently washed off with clean fresh water

5. Dry down interior as much as practically possible

6. Leave the door ajar to allow air to circulate within the interior – tea towel or similar can be used to maintain air gap

Decommissioning your freezer

1. Remove any remaining product and  dispose as appropriate.

2. Isolate from electrical supply

3. Open the door to defrost and allow to return to room temperature, approx. 1 hour.

4. Clean internal surfaces with sanitiser solution (D10)

5. Ensure that any sanitiser is subsequently washed off with clean fresh water

6. Dry down interior as much as practically possible

7. Leave the door ajar to allow air to circulate within the interior – tea towel or similar can be used to maintain air gap

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