Breweries are regulated by the FDA under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2010, and are also subject to a number of industry standards such as Safe Quality Foods.
Compliance requires having a comprehensive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan or Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) plan in place. Filtration of process air, water, and steam is key to that effort.
Each brewery will have unique needs, but in general, there are more than a dozen locations where filtration is critical to the safety of your product and equipment. Here are just some examples:
- Process, rinse, and boiler water: Particulate removal from source water used in mash and feed for the boiler.
- Sterilization-in-place (SIP): Clean industrial steam to sterilize large systems without disassembly.
- Steam-heated mash: Debris removal from steam in order to protect heating efficiency.
- Yeast propagation: Sterile air and oxygen to facilitate the fermentation process.
- In-line carbonation: Sterilize CO2 for pipe aeration systems.
Collaborating with an experienced filtration partner can help you develop a compliant filtration system that is also cost-efficient.
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