What You Need to Know About Filtration in the Food and Beverage Industry

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Filtration technology is essential in the food and beverage industry. Everything from milk and cheese to maple syrup and beer requires some level of filtration during the production process.

For food and beverage applications, filtration is used to filter, separate, concentrate and clarify products to comply with FDA regulations. This allows manufacturers to produce high-quality products that are safe for consumer use. 

To get a better understanding of the importance of filtration devices in the industry, here’s a closer look at the key factors of filtration you need to know. 

Serves a Wide Range of Applications

The food and beverage industry covers many applications and products, including alcohol, dairy, grains, oils and fats, meat and fish, animal feed and more. According to Synder Filtration, some of the most common products that rely heavily on filtration include: 

  • Wine, beer and spirits
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Soda, juice and water
  • Milk, cheese and other dairy products
  • Cereals, grains and starches
  • Salt production

 

These products require filtration in various stages of development, from initial separation and removing wastes, all the way through to purification and refinement. Without filtration, these products would not be safe for the market.

Prevents Contamination

Not only is filtration technology used in refining products, it is also used to decontaminate air inside the production facility. Airborne bacteria is particularly concerning for the food and beverage industry, as outside air generally contains anywhere from 200 to 1500 bacteria particles per cubic meter. 

Due to the capacity of liquids and raw materials handled, the industry is susceptible to mold, viruses and other harmful pathogens that could contaminate the products. To avoid this, air filtration devices are critical in preventing cross-contaminations that could be detrimental to consumers health. 

Produces High-Quality Products

Without filtration eliminating contaminates and refining liquids, high-quality products cannot be achieved. For example, when it comes to wine production, filtration is essential in clearing out sediments, removing clouding and creating robust, high-quality flavor.

The quality of a product directly affects a company’s bottom line. Consumers have specific expectations of what they want their food and beverages to look and taste like. Filtration systems are vital in creating high-quality products that meet the needs of consumers. 

 

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