Food Companies that Utilize Compressed Air during Manufacturing Turn to EMSL for Testing Solutions
Many modern food manufacturing facilities today rely on compressed air during the manufacturing process. This compressed air can come in direct or indirect contact with food products, so it is important that it is not creating a contamination risk due to the presence of microorganisms.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) aims to improve food safety management systems and many food manufacturers are adopting GFSI endorsed food quality initiatives. One of these is the SQF Code, which released its seventh edition in 2012. In Module 11: Food Safety Fundamentals – Good Manufacturing Practices for Processing of Food Products, compressed air quality is specifically addressed. It states, “220.127.116.11 Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall be clean and present no risk to food safety; 18.104.22.168 Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall be regularly monitored for purity.”
One company that is helping food manufacturers monitor their compressed air through testing is EMSL Analytical, Inc. EMSL provides microbiological testing of compressed air for the identification and enumeration of culturable fungi and the Gram stain and enumeration of culturable bacteria. If bacteria levels exceed customer acceptance limits for culturable bacteria, then the identification and enumeration of culturable bacteria may be performed.
“Compressed air testing is an important part of ensuring that the food supply coming out of food manufacturing facilities is safe,” said Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Director at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL has invested in SAS Pinocchio Super II Samplers to properly take these types of compressed air samples. The sampling device is available for rental or purchase directly from EMSL. We are pleased to be a part of a select few laboratories that provide both access to this specialized sample collection equipment and the testing services necessary to comply with ISO 8573-7:2003.”
To learn more about compressed air testing services in food manufacturing facilities, please visit
www.FoodTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, pharmaceutical, and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulatory agencies.
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