Minimizing risks in food and beverage processing

The global population is ever increasing, with the UN estimating that the population will reach 8.6 billion in 2030*. This increase in population is driving a rapidly increasing need for expansion in food production and processing. Despite the ever-increasing demand, food safety and process efficiency remain top priorities for food and beverage producers, who are continually squeezed to both reduce cost and boost output.

Below we’ve outlined some of the major risks concerning food and beverage producers:

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Produce safety 

Produce safety is the number one priority for food and beverage producers, ensuring that the produce they release is safe for general consumption. Any potential outbreaks can have a catastrophic effect not only on the producers responsible for the outbreak but also across the whole industry. Sales of produce linked to a particular outbreak are known to drop rapidly and producers face severe fines from regulatory bodies, which can lead to them being shutdown. Despite the potential business risks, no producer wants to be responsible for an outbreak which can lead to illness or worse, death.

Buyers of food and beverage products will implement strict auditing procedures to try and minimize this risk. Palintest’s sensor technology helps to support this audit process by providing fully traceable data which encourages effective sanitization control and thus helps to improve food safety.

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Ensuring product traceability

It is important for producers to understand the source and journey of each product that runs through their facility. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the source of their produce and buyers are placing increasing pressures on producers to prove the full traceability of their produce.

Buyers must feel that the producers have full traceability of each product, so that they can be confident in the quality and safety of the end result. Strict auditing procedures are put in place to ensure that produce is monitored, controlled and is safe. This can be a huge challenge for producers and processors to prove this audit trail and ensure compliance. The Palintest system helps to maintain product integrity by providing a fully auditable set of results, proving effective food safety and process compliance.

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Water usage and cost

Water is a key component for any food and beverage processor and therefore usage is likely to be high. In a cost-sensitive environment each additional cost will be reviewed, particularly where savings can be made.

In addition to this, the impact of water scarcity is now being considered as a major business risk. Recognising the growing risks for water availability, large food and beverage companies have now integrated water scarcity as a business risk into their core strategy. This centralised approach to considering the impact of water scarcity is something which should be adopted by businesses of all sizes.

The Palintest sensor method forms an important part of ensuring the most efficient and effective use of water resources during sanitation and disinfection, helping food and beverage producers streamline their costs and limit usage to what is necessary for effective food safety.

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Chemical usage and cost

Chemicals are critical for sanitation and disinfection of produce which ensures that food and beverage products are safe for consumption. For that very reason producers will very often be overdosing their systems to ensure that the produce has been thoroughly cleaned. However the overdosing of chemicals can not only have an impact on the quality of finished produce, but the additional chemical usage in unnecessary, making the process both inefficient and expensive.

The growth in online systems means that many producers do not need to consider the concentration of chemical being dosed, however the growth of online systems has not been supported by the techniques used for validating and calibrating those very same systems. Effective monitoring of sanitizer concentration will help to give an accurate picture of the levels of sanitizer being used, helping to generate efficiencies and protect the quality of the produce.

The Palintest sensor method provides external validation of the dosing systems, ensuring that food and beverage processors have an accurate view of their sanitizer concentration, adjust their usage accordingly.

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Reputation

Reputational value is significant for any business and the true cost of a damaged reputation is hard to calculate. For food and beverage processors, the margins for error can be small, whilst the potential risks are very large. Producers found to be responsible for outbreaks are not only liable to fines but many have also never managed to reopen their doors as the cost of their damaged reputation takes hold.

The Palintest sensor method helps producers and processors manage their risks, protecting the consumer and as a result, the reputation of the company and the safety of food and beverage products.

To find out more about how we can help minimize your risks and help improve process control – contact a member of our team below. 

References:

* https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/world-population-prospects-2017.html

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