November 10, 2023

Commercial and Public Building Air Filters for Food Processing: An Essential Guide

Maintaining good indoor air quality in any commercial or public building can be challenging due to the complexity of the structure and how each space within the building is used. Food processing facilities, however, present even more complex indoor air quality challenges due to increasingly stringent food hygiene and safety regulations.

Operators need to protect the health and safety of workers, food processing equipment and technology, as well as the actual food products before being transferred from the plant to store shelves. Operators also must keep all processes running smoothly to maximize productivity and minimize product loss.

Temperature and humidity requirements make food processing facilities more susceptible to airborne microbes and viruses that can increase risk and hamper performance. Air filters play a critical role in maintaining good indoor air quality by limiting the presence of airborne microbes and viruses in food processing environments.

The Imperative of Indoor Air Quality in Food Processing

In addition to protecting the health and safety of employees, the top priority in food processing environments must be to ensure the safety and integrity of food being processed for human consumption.

Air filters can limit microbiological cross-contamination with bioaerosols, which are solid or liquid particles that carry microbes through the area. Bioaerosols include bacteria (salmonella, E. coli, listeria etc.), viruses, pollen, mold and dust. Air filters can...

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