Most of the reverse osmosis water treatment plants are situated on the whims of the ocean or water bodies. So are many industries including the food processing industry. Agriculture alone takes up more than half of our freshwater reserve as vegetables, fruits and grains require water to grow. However one of the major concern of at least 33 percent of consumers is whether the food processed is safe for consumption. There’s always the fear of diseases like E. Coli that can cause serious health problems. Food processing industries, therefore, remain careful in their approach and dread an outbreak. As a precautionary measure, almost every food processing industry has systems that are run on the theory of Reverse Osmosis.
How does RO help in Food Processing ?
Osmosis is a natural process of flow of water or liquid through a semi-permeable membrane when two solutions of differing concentrations are placed on either side. The liquid passes from a solution of lower concentration to higher concentration in order to balance the amount of salt in each.
Reverse Osmosis was developed as a result of it that puts pressure on the water to be on the lower concentration side. This semi-permeable membrane acts as a filter for stopping harmful chemicals, organic materials, sediments and other impurities to pass through. The resulting water is fresh and free of any contaminants.
Today reverse osmosis filters are used in almost every household as well as industries. Food processing being of prime importance considering it deals with the health of the masses uses this method of water purification to use it in various functions.
In what ways does the food processing industry use RO?
In Food Processing industry, water is used in almost every aspect and corner of the factory. Take a simple example of canning of diced tomatoes.
- Raw tomatoes are washed thoroughly
- They are passed through the dicing machine which has to be absolutely clean and is kept so with water
- The tomatoes are then poached in boiling water and
- Finally, the product is pressure canned in a water bath.
Not only these but to wash the machines involved in handling the product, water is used. This is the story of every food processing factory. But when you are choosing a source of water to use, using municipality supplied tap water has mineralization and even if you treat it for pathogens and bacteria, the mineralization gives a funny taste to the product. If you decide to treat the municipal water with chlorine the organic matter present in it dies but the taste again varies.
Here reverse osmosis comes in to play. The procedure eliminates every contaminant including chlorine to give ready to use healthy and safe drinking water. This, in turn, gives palatable results. Installing an RO unit according to the water quality of your water supply is the best option. It gives you consistent results and the customers a consistent taste with a healthy product.
Ampac USA has a wide range of industrial reverse osmosis systems that purify water for your industry needs. If you belong to the food processing industry, contact us today to make the right choice.
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