Food, beverages and luxury edibles

Where dust collection falls under purity regulations

In many plants dedicated to the processing of flour, coffee, sugar, salt, grain, and cacao powder, dust is created that must be eliminated within the context of purity regulations and health and safety legislation. GEA Deichmann dust-collection systems by Air Treatment are ideally suited for commercial hygiene.

When two elements coincide – a pathogenic factor (such as fine dust) and an organism reacting to it – illness can develop. For this reason, it is not possible to individually predict whether a person will develop baker’s asthma or dust allergy. One aspect is certain, however: the more dust, and the longer the exposition, the greater the danger. Staff who sweep out a bakery, clean an oven with a brush, or use compressed air to clean bakery machines are exposed to dust, carbon particles, and aggressive microbes that penetrate into respiratory passages. Large-scale bakeries can process, for example, far more than 100 metric tonnes of flour annually.

The amount of dust produced is therefore great. Operations in production and processing plants for coffee, cacao powder, and sugar, furthermore, require the use of effective dust-collection systems. In addition to preventing health risks for staff, conforming with the stipulations of purity is also essential here. For decades now, Air Treatment has supplied GEA bag jet, compact, and cartridge jet filters with manual or fully automatic pressure-pulse cleaning, and with the required dust-removal systems for the food and beverage industries. All systems conform to European Directives for Quality Assurance in the Production of Food and Beverages, and have additionally received official approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).