Food & Beverages Pumps Raising the Bar on Hygienic Pump Standards for Food Processing

Author / Editor: Paul Cardon / Dr. Jörg Kempf

Successful food production requires adherence to a number of regulatory standards, such as EC 1935/2004, and eccentric disc pumps help processors satisfy their strict demands.

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In order to successfully get their products onto grocery shelves and restaurant menus, food processors must satisfy the standards of an “alphabet soup” of regulatory agencies, including, but not limited to, bodies with such monikers as FDA, 3A and EHEDG. These regulators have the best interests of both the consumer and the food processor in mind.

There is nothing worse for both parties than a food product that becomes contaminated during production but still makes it to market, leading to a food-borne illness that causes a product recall. The cost to the food processor in these instances can be catastrophic, not only in the reparations that must be made to the injured parties, but in the damage to reputation that can lead to the loss of market share and, in the most severe cases, the processor incurring such a reduction in business that it may be forced to cease operations.

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New European Regulations Pose a Challenge for Food Processing

In Europe, one of the more recent food-processing regulations is known as European Commission Regulation No. 1935/2004, or EC 1935/2004. The regulation provides a general framework for materials and articles that are intended to come into contact with food during the production process. Under the auspices of EC 1935/2004, all materials and articles that are used to package food must comply with the requirements of the regulation. It covers all types of packaging, bottles (glass and plastic), cutlery and even adhesives and inks for printing labels.

EC 1935/2004 also introduces specific provisions concerning “active” and “intelligent” packaging, which extends the shelf life of food, or reacts when food has reached its predetermined expiration date, at which time the packaging may change color, for example.