It’s hard to imagine any holiday time without it linked deeply to food and beverage. From reflective days like Memorial Day to indulgent holidays like Thanksgiving, the food we serve and the drinks we pour are a major part of how we receive and celebrate those holidays. Compressed air is an indispensable part of providing those foods and drinks, as it is a key component of manufacture, storage, and shipping operations.
The rules behind how compressed air may be used and at what levels of quality are largely generic—though this is a necessity, not an oversight in regulation. The manufacturing conditions that may desiccate one product may be perfect for another. So a blanket regulation is not possible.
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute is an independent, global initiative that combines the experience and best practices of manufacturers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to promote safe quality practices throughout the food and beverage chain. Compressed air gets special attention here, but it also underscores how compressed air guidance is, at best, only general guidance.
SQF states that “compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall be clean and present no risk to food safety.” The guideline also stipulates the need for regular monitoring of compressed air. More information here on compressed air testing.
To prevent contamination to food and beverage products, damage to packaging, and other issues that may lead to spoilage, off-gassing, and other safety issues, independent compressed air testing is utilized.
Celebrating 40 Years!
TRI Air Testing is proud to provide independent, third-party compressed air testing services to the food and beverage industry. We provide the dependability of 40+ years of operation, an extensive suite of industry-specific tests for safety and compliance, testing kits that enable plant engineers to collect samples at Point of Use, 24-hour turnaround on (most) tests, and secure, round-the-clock, online access to reports.