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Water contamination - Articles and news items

Food for thought: EN ISO 11133:2014

Issue 3 2016  •  20 June 2016  •  Dr. Andreas Bubert & Barbara Gerten from Merck KGaA

Dr. Andreas Bubert, Senior Global Product Manager for Culture Media Food & Beverage, and Barbara Gerten, Senior Scientist Traditional Microbiology, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (MilliporeSigma in the USA), discuss the new EN ISO 11133:2014 Quality-assured culture media for food and water testing to enhance consumer safety…

The importance of water quality for distilleries

Issue 1 2016  •  22 February 2016  •  Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Jack Daniel’s

The founder of the Jack Daniel Distillery, Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel, was known for his belief that “every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can”. This tradition continues to guide the way that Jack Daniel’s makes its Tennessee whiskey. Resource conservation has been part of this tradition since 1866, and Jack Daniel’s has now depended on the same natural cave spring water to make Jack Daniel’s for 150 years…

Comparison of applicable technologies to secure safe water supplies

Issue 6 2013  •  2 January 2014  •  Erik Voigt, Henry Jaeger and Deitrich Knorr, Department of Food Biotechnology and Food Process Engineering, Technische Universitat, Berlin

In the past few years, it has become evident that there are topics that deserve attention, but do not easily fit into existing publications, such as regular scientific journals and scientific book series. The European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) therefore decided to initiate a new series of publications, ‘EFFoST Critical Reviews’. It is meant to fill the gap between the journals and the books. This short communication given below is a summary of the EFFoST Critical Review 1 on ‘Securing Safe Water Supplies – Comparison of Applicable Technologies’.

Beverage Processing supplement 2013

Issue 4 2013, Supplements  •  2 September 2013  •  Marvin Johnson, Nicholas Dege

Choosing the right beverage process based on beverage characteristics (Marvin Johnson, Principal Engineer, The Coca Cola Company)
Quality processes for bottled water (Nicholas Dege, Director of Quality Assurance, Nestlé Waters North America)
Curtain up: Technology trends at drinktec 2013

Ensuring water quality in food processing

Issue 1 2012  •  5 March 2012  •  Anett Winkler and Dirk Nikoleski, EHEDG Members

Water is used in food processing for many different purposes. Among other applications it is used in direct contact with the food or food contact surfaces (as an ingredient, steam, etc) or indirectly as a processing aid. Therefore, water quality used in a food manufacturing plant has to be managed not only with respect to product safety, but also in view of the capability of production processes (e.g. cooling, heating and cleaning). A further aspect is the safety of the personnel in the workplace (e.g. canteens, showers). This article summarises the main hazards and potential effective treatments to ensure an adequate water quality.

Water has been increasingly looked at as a valuable resource and its quality (and in this respect also safety) cannot be taken as granted. This has also been recognised by requiring the application of HACCP principles in the water usage. Potential physical, chemical and biological hazards introduced by water shall be adequately controlled, which necessitates water treatment when entering a food plant in many cases to ensure potable (drinking) water quality where needed. In case non-potable water is used, it shall be evaluated as part of the HACCP studies to ensure that it would not pose a risk for production, and has no negative effect on personnel.

For a comprehensive reading about hazards related to incoming water, reference is made to the WHO guidelines for drinking water quality.


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