A flood of warning letters from the FDA on water system suitability could pull the plug on the production of food, beverage, cosmetic, nutraceutical and over-the-counter (OTC) or pharmaceutical products if companies are not conducting total organic carbon (TOC) water testing analysis on a regular basis.
A combination of funding cuts, aging infrastructure, and new pollutants has pushed the responsibility for water treatment back upstream to the facilities that produce the wastewater. This means food and beverage processors and other manufacturers that generate copious amounts of wastewater.
Downey Ridge Environmental Co., developer of Greasezilla, has come up with a FOG separation system that can be implemented at food plants. I asked Ron Crosier, president of Downey Ridge, to fill us in on who might use Greasezilla and how it works.
What Hispanic Cheese Makers is doing with its wastewater and with its sustainability efforts overall makes it a model for producers looking for ways to be sustainable and good neighbors, and it’s why Hispanic Cheese Makers is being featured as a Fabulous Food Plant.
When a food or beverage processor begins breaking down costs, sometimes startling facts are revealed. Here’s a case in point: Widmer Brothers Brewery (Portland, Ore.), founded in 1984 and part of the Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), had been using a liquid ring vacuum pump to bottle its beers, but realized the technology was consuming roughly 5,000 gallons of water per day.