Camfil Air filtration solutions designed for the food processing industry

For more than 50 years, we have been supplying filter systems for indoor climate control in all types of applications. On the basis of our high standards of research, development and quality assurance, we design and sell pioneering air filters and clean room solutions, in particular for the food industry.Food processing

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With outdoor air carrying 200 to 1,500 bacteria per cubic metre, an air-conditioning system with a capacity of 10,000 m3/h can potentially take in 2 to 15 million bacteria each hour and seriously contaminate food & beverage production. Efficient air filtration is the solution.

Food safety compliance is our concern

Growing market requirements and increasingly stringent legislation are placing even greater emphasis on hygiene in the food industry. Similarly, the air quality in the production process has never been more important than it is today. Only efficient filters and air recirculation systems can reduce the levels of microorganisms in the air.

Camfil complies with the following industry product standards:

• Fighting against microbiological contamination

• Compliance with VDI 6022 and ISO 846: inert raw materials against microbial growth

• Food certification for components that come into contact with the product

• Compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 for all products related to the food industry

• Products which meet HACCP risk requirements (hazard analysis and critical control points)

• Filter, labelling, identification and traceability

• Guaranteed filtration efficiency level in accordance with EN 779:2012 guaranteed filtration efficiency

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Factors which affect Human Health:

Microscopic causes…

Outdoor air carries 200 to 1,500 bacteria per m3. So an air handling unit with a capacity of 10,000 m3/h will supply between 2 to 15 millions bacteria each hour!

• fungal spores: 1 to 10 μm

• bacteria: 0.2 to 10 μm

• viruses: 1/100 to 1/1000 of micron

• visible range: Hair 100 μm and pollen 10 μm

Catastrophic effect…

• production loss

• withdrawals from sale, return and destruction

• production breakdowns, plant closures

• extra expenditure on controls and remedial actions

• drop in sales

• brand image and reputation damage

• loss of consumer confidence

Food hygiene and safety…

Protecting human health is a major concern for governments of the European Community (Directive 89/397/EEC of 14 June 1989).  Such measures may include product withdrawal and destruction, or even closure of all or part of the offending company for an appropriate period. In order to ensure product safety, those in charge of plants are required to:

• identify every aspects of their business that impact food safety;

• ensure that appropriate safety procedures are implemented, followed and updated, on the basis of ADPCM/HACCP principles.

Air filtration solutions designed for the food processing industry

In both design and construction, Camfil integrates specific characteristics for the food processing industry:

Limiting microbiological contamination

• cleanability

• decontaminability

• moisture control

Resistance to corrosion

• use of stainless-steel materials, plastics, polyester resin…

• consistent solution with HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) risk level

• traceability, identification and labelling of filters

• guaranteed efficiency in accordance with current standards

Rapid development of processes and production

• modularity, flexibility and progressive nature of filtration solutions

• easy and safe to use

Quick and efficient maintenance

• accessibility

• simple installation of filters

• easy to handle

Access for in-situ testing

Access for in-situ testing is tailor-made on request.  Our range of products, dedicated to the Food Industry, are developed in accordance to these requirements.

Food safety compliance certificates

For some components close to the process, Camfil is able to provide food contact certification documents where applicable.

Prosafe range – taking care of your process safety

High-end industries have high-end demands to ensure their Productivity and Process Safety. Food and Beverage or Life-Science activities have set new standards in product quality and therefore require specific characteristics regarding process definition.

Camfil, as the leader in clean air solutions and air filtration, has developed the complete ProSafe range of products designed for the most demanding processes, including safety, traceability and audit requirements.  For air conditioning applications and filtration preparation of your clean rooms, make the choice of the complete ProSafe range, especially designed for Process Safety, with food contact certificates for the materials used (according EC1935-2004) and anti-microbial growth certificates (according ISO846 and VDI6022).

The ProSafe range combines superior efficiency and energy savings with maintenance requirements (as transport through clean room) and easy access to information.

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7 million deaths annually linked to air pollution

In new estimates released yesterday, The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

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In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology. This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.

Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution. Continue reading

Taxi drivers support clean air campaign in London

The Licenced Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has agreed to support the Clean Air in London campaign to build public understanding of air pollution.

 Follow @Camfil_UK on Twitter Taxi drivers support clean air campaign in London

 

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The LTDA has agreed to commit resources to the campaign broadly equivalent to sponsorship monies rather than paying CAL.  The campaign is expected to include:

  • The LTDA making reasonable efforts to build public understanding of air pollution among its members and the general public.  This may include for example:
  • showing its support for ‘Clean Air in London’ on LTDA taxi receipts;
  • including information on LTDA receipts and other communication channels to build public understanding about air pollution;
  • promoting the free CityAir and/or London Air apps, which provide smog warnings and other information and advice, and the Clean Air in Cities app which reports the health impact on populations of long-term exposure to air pollution.
  • CAL writing two articles a year for ‘Taxi’ the official publication of the LTDA.

CAL and the LTDA are both concerned about the health impact of ‘invisible’ air pollution on Londoners – not least those exposed to the highest levels of air pollution on its roads – and want to see bold and early action.  CAL and the LTDA share many common aims including wanting:

  • more ranks for taxis;
  • rapid charging at ranks and specific stands which would allow taxis to be electrically charged within 30 or 40 minutes rather than eight hours;
  • more choice for taxi drivers in the vehicles they can buy;
  • sound transport policies backed by the real-world testing of vehicle emissions;
  • financial mechanisms to support drivers in purchasing new greener taxis e.g. structural funding and no VAT on purchases of ‘green’ taxis; and
  • smog warnings to protect people and reduce traffic when air pollution is at its worst.

In recognition of the above, the LTDA is becoming CAL’s first Bronze Sponsor.

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