Food & Beverage Air Filtration
The food and beverage industry is a complex, global network of diverse businesses, technologies that supply most of the food consumed by the world’s population. Production, distribution, processing, conversion, preparation, preservation, transport, certification, and packaging are the major processes involved in most of the food and beverage items.
The food and beverage manufacturing methods will vary from place to place. Vital equipment is there every step of the way, from simple ovens and conveyor belts to complex bottling and packaging machines, the food and beverage industry depend on equipment for industrial-scale food production.
Food and Beverage Industry Segments:
Production of buttermilk, cheese, fermented milk products, curd, and whey is subject to strict hygiene requirements. This poses numerous challenges, such as achieving an appropriate level of air hygiene.
In the processing of semi-prepared and ready-to-eat foods, airborne particles and microorganisms can lead to product contamination.
When it comes to the production and processing of cooked meat, hygiene is the highest priority.
Few of the food manufacturing processes also require the involvement of microbes (yeast bacteria i.e, in the fermentation process), flavors, food colours, additives, preservatives, and essence to enhance the food characteristics. During these processes maintaining clean air becomes an important task, as it may lead to contamination of other food ingredients.
The food processing industry also has significant exhaust needs, as they are dealing with large volumes of food odours, vapors, steam, and smoke. In order to manage kitchen exhausts, food odours, and clean air for both workers & products, our kitchen ecology systems with HEPA filters are the best solution.
The processing of fruit and vegetables is subject to strict food hygiene regulations. One essential aspect is to ensure the appropriate quality of clean, hygienic air.
The commercial buildings [warehouses / cold storage units] which are handling and storing fruits, and vegetables tend to use ethylene [gaseous form] as an artificial ripening agent. In case of higher levels of ethylene in indoor environments for a longer period, it will lead to spoilage of the products. In this scenario, employing a gas scrubber is the best recommended solution.
From dough preparation to baked items, there are many production steps in which clean air makes a decisive contribution to product quality. Packing in clean rooms with low microorganism loads further improves the shelf life.
- Milk processing
- Production of milk derivatives
- Processing whole plants like carrots into diced or cut packaged goods.
- Transforming grain into flour and then a variety of baked goods.
- Adding chemical components like preservatives, additives enhance shelf life and reduce spoilage.
Using proteins to manufacture the new wave of synthetic meats: a great example of how this industry creates not only new products but whole new product categories.
In the food industry, a hygienic production environment is essential for smooth processes as well as compliance with statutory requirements
Even minimal contaminant levels in the air can lead to contamination of the entire food production, and quality of the products. This could have a direct impact on the shelf life of food and beverages, or it could have far-reaching repercussions.
The Air Inside a Food and Beverage Facility Can Contain:
- Molds, spores, bacteria, or viruses
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Malodorous compounds (e.g., vinegar)
- Fine dust from sugar, flour, and/or other dry ingredients
- Various chemicals
With regulated and monitored indoor air quality, product contamination can be reliably minimized. In addition, clean air contributes to the protection and comfort of the employees.
Microbial cross contamination, one of the biggest threats to operations, can lead to production downtime and product spoilage, both of which impact yield and profitability, and may even lead to exposure to the risk of lawsuits. Having a well-sealed environment is the first step to preventing cross contamination.
Air filtration is vital in preventing cross contamination, ensuring hygienic production, delivering consistently high-quality products, and protecting people and process equipment in a food and beverage manufacturing facility.
Air filtration factors in heavily to prevent mold, spores, bacteria, viruses, and other byproducts from entering the manufacturing space, helping to ensure product quality. Environmental, health, and safety factors have a role both within and outside the food and beverage manufacturing facilities.
Poor indoor quality also affects the worker’s performance, productivity in the food & beverage industry. FDA has strict regulations for establishing and maintaining aseptic and hygienic production and storage environments for food and beverage manufacturing.
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