Food manufacturers are required to follow the principles of HACCP in order to comply with food legislation. Therefore, a risk analysis must be carried out on the entire manufacturing and packaging process.
Compressed air very often is missed as a potential source of contamination because it is only seen as a utility. To be fully compliant with food legislation, the compressed air system must be included as part of the HACCP analysis. Anywhere where compressed air is used, it needs to be classified as a Critical Control Point and needs to be subject to the ISO 8573-1 compressed air quality recommendations as seen in the tables below.
Compressed Air in the food Industry can be categorized as one of the following:
Here are the more detailed definitions of these categories:
Depending of those categories, different types of contamination levels should be complied with for ISO 8573-1 certification. Therefore it is required to monitor the following parameters.
CS Instruments offers measuring solution to measure all these important parameters like dew point sensors, particle counters and residual oil content monitors. Continuous monitoring as well as portable measurements is possible for all parameters. Further to this we also offer compressed air quality audits according to ISO 8573-1 as a service as well as treatment solutions (dryers and filters) in order to reach the desired ISO 8573-1 compressed air quality classes.
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