The Use Of Stainless Steel In the Food And Beverage Industry

Studies show that 128,000 people were admitted to a hospital and 3,000 people have died; of the 48 million who have fallen sick every year in the United States. These are due to foodborne diseases.

This lead to government regulations coming into place regarding food safety and industry standards. The popular ones are HACCP and FSMA. The purpose of these is to make sure there is no food contamination. Hence it is critical to meet the highest standard of cleanliness at the food and beverage facility.

There could be a lot of loss due to food contamination, such as lost production batches, recall of products, fines from regulatory authorities, etc. And this can cost the company thousands of dollars. Hence stainless steel is the top choice to fights all the issues mentioned below.

Corrosive Agents

  • Washing Procedures: The most common area where you will find corrosion at a food and beverage facility is the washing area. These areas have high pressures and high temperatures along with a high concentration of chemicals to prevent contamination. All these chemicals contain corrosive cleaning agents.
  • Ingredients And Additives: Did you know that food can also be corrosive. Foods contain ingredients that can be acidic which have a high chloride ion concentration that leads to corrosion. Food items like lemon, vinegar, and apples are some foods with a low pH.
  • Processes And Environment: Some other reasons which lead to corrosion are heat, moisture, evaporation, which can all be found at food and beverage plants. At any dairy plant, the temperatures can reach as high as 130°C. At other facilities, they use cooling systems to lower the temperatures.

To begin with, here are some uses for this month. We will be sharing more details and the uses of stainless steel in our next blog.

To learn more about how stainless steel is used in any food and beverage industry, contact Fort Bend Steel Supply now or call us at 281-499-5800.

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