In 1998, at the same time as the European Directive on hygiene dealing with foodstuffs was implemented, the third RAL Quality Certification Mark (RAL-GZ 992/3) for Linen from Food Processing Businesses came into being and was registered with the RAL Institute. The aim is to provide hygienically impeccable clothing as part of general hygiene management at companies where foodstuffs are produced, processed or sold.
Long before the hygiene management system under DIN EN 14065 existed (RABC for short), the laundry sector had already developed pioneering testing and control principles in the form of the RAL Quality Certification Mark for Linen from Food Processing Businesses, and successfully and sustainably established it on the market.
The RAL-GZ 992/3 is awarded separately from the other two RAL Quality Certification Marks and presupposes that member companies can demonstrate process control and the necessary strict hygiene standards.
Just as for food processing companies, having linen processed in accordance with the requirements of the RAL-GZ 992/3 also guarantees for businesses in the hotel and catering industry that they are complying with all the relevant legislation and regulations.
Illustration: Example of a RAL-GZ 992/3 Hygiene Certificate for Linen from Food Processing Businesses and RABC