The food and beverage industry has its own set of recommendations and standards to ensure products are properly and safely created. Because problems with food and beverage can cause significant harm, a specific set of codes have been put in place to assure consistent quality of products.
SQF is a Food Safety Management Certification Scheme created and managed by SQF Institute. The Food Safety Certification requirements provide a rigorous system to manage food safety risks and provide safe products for use by companies in the food industry. The certification is available to any company in the supply chain, so it can cover food and beverage plant air compressor, as well as your other machinery.
The SQF certification states that food processing facilities must operate from a fundamental assumption that compressed air can be a source of chemical and microbiological contamination. Sites must verify and validate that the compressed air used in the facility is appropriate for use and not a source of contamination. Food grade oil should be used anywhere that compressed air comes in contact with exposed product, or product contact surface /interior surface packaging. Companies also need to prove that their facilities up to sanitation standards and follow industry-established HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) platforms to mitigate hazards.
Air compressors are at the core of almost all food and beverage manufacturing and processing applications, so it’s always a good idea to look for an SQF and ISO 22000-certified partner. These certifications are a good indicator that your machines will not contaminate the clean environment that you work diligently to maintain.
Beyond the SQF and ISO 22000 certifications, you should also ask what local and national certifications your partners hold. There are multiple EU hygiene regulations, Food and Drug Administration specifications and other country specifications. Specifically, for compressed air, there are regulatory bodies such as the British Compressed Air Society that also govern the use of compressed air in many industrial and processing settings.
Look to a Scales expert for help selecting the best compressor for your application. Our experienced staff has the knowledge to help you navigate such a crucial step in keeping your facility up and running. To ensure that your compressor meets SQF and ISO standards – choose Scales and let one of our experts guide you through the process.