Packaging & Processing

The hygienic processing and packing of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics is vital to ensure they reach consumers still meeting the high standard of quality required

Packaging & Processing

For microbiologically demanding goods such as foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, hygienic processing and packaging are vital to ensure that products maintain their quality from processing to consumer and still meet stringent safety standards.

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Both processing and packing areas and the packaging materials themselves can be treated using a variety of methods, and ultraviolet light irradiation is recognised as an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-effective tool. It is particularly effective for products that are sensitive to heat or chemical change.

Common areas in processing and packaging where UV light is used are:

Surface disinfection systems in processing areas and on equipment, for example, conveyor belts, cutting and slicing blades, weighing platforms, bottling machines and mixing areas. UV technology is also seen as a useful tool for mitigating the risk of cross-contamination between low and high ‘care’ areas of processing plants.

Water disinfection systems to treat water used for washing meat, fruit, salad and vegetables prior to packing.

Air purification systems for key areas in processing and packing areas help ensure the microbial load of the air is as low as possible.

These systems are a chemical-free process, which makes them environmentally friendly.

Disinfection systems can be used on the packing machinery itself, targeting boxes, trays, cartons, pots, sealing foils, lids, bags, caps and tops for bottles and jars, bottlenecks themselves and so many more.

Benefits of using UV technology are:

  • It uses no added chemicals or preservatives.
  • It leaves no residue.
  • Food will not be damaged or altered by heat-based treatment processes.
  • UV-C light is proven to reduce or eliminate E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and other foodborne pathogens*. 
  • It is a more environmentally friendly solution than chemical-based processes.

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