Food Packaging and Compressed Air
Packaging and compressed air are not strangers. The food, pharmaceutical and medical device industries are focusing more attention to the utilities used in the manufacturing process. Although long overlooked, compressed air quality is making its way under the microscope.
Identify Compressed Air & Gas Sources
Food Packagers should identify compressed air used directly and/or indirectly on or in the product. Packaging generally falls under the indirect contact category. Compressed air can be used to make the actual package as in blow molding, clean a surface that the product is placed on prior to packaging, or clean the package prior to the final product going into the package. These are just a few examples of how compressed air can be used in the packaging process. The use of compressed air covers the gamut of packaging materials from glass, plastic, metal, Styrofoam™, paper products and more!
Monitor Compressed Air & Gases
Since July of 2012, manufacturers seeking SQF certification are required to monitor the compressed air they use. Many food manufacturers are requiring proof of an air quality monitoring program from its vendors, suppliers, and packagers. Safe Quality Food (SQF) is the first certification scheme under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that has officially started mandating the testing of compressed air used in the food manufacturing process in the United States.
Trace Analytics, established in 1989, is the Industry leader in the field of compressed air quality testing. We offer testing in support of ISO 8573 and can accommodate most custom specifications. If you have questions about air quality testing procedures and test requirements; we are here to answer your questions. Contact Us today to start your testing program. We offer analysis directly through our laboratory or we can refer you to one of our independent service distributors who can come and take samples for you. The process is easy and straight forward. Learn more by speaking with a member of our AirCheck Team of Experts. We are happy to help you find the perfect testing program for your organization.
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