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The New SQF Code, Edition 8: Compressed Air Changes

Compressed Air and Other Gases Must Be Clean and Regularly Monitored “11.5.5.1 Compressed air or other gases (e.g. nitrogen, carbon dioxide) that contacts food or food contact surfaces shall be clean and present no risk to food safety.” “11.5.5.2 Compressed air systems, and systems used to store or dispense other gases used in the manufacturing…

SQF Code, Edition 7.2: A Guide to Compressed Air and Gas

Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) states that compressed air should be treated as a potential source of contamination and that, “the air must not contribute any contamination to the product.” –SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing A complete version of SQF Code, Edition 7.2 can be located here. Compressed air requirements from SQF’s Code, Edition…

How to Designate ISO 8573-1 Purity Classes

The designation of ISO 8573-1 Purity Classes for compressed air includes the specification name and edition date, followed by the purity class number(s) in brackets. The designation is presented in the following order and separated by a colon: ISO 8573-1:2010 [Particles:Water:Oil]* where: P is the Purity Class for Particles (Classes 0 to 7, X) W…

Using ISO 8573-1 to Test Compressed Air: Clearing the Confusion

Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine and Trace Analytics LLC clear confusion on compressed air testing within the manufacturing industry in this comprehensive article. Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, and when compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems…

How to Sample for Particles, Water, and Oil

The International Food Safety & Quality Network (IFSQN) and Trace Analytics LLC detail the process involved with testing particles, water, and oil in compressed air or compressed gas. If SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and PrimusGFS schemes require monitoring, but do not establish purity limits, nor do they provide guidance on how to accomplish this requirement, how…

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