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The Importance of Humidity Control Systems in Food Processing

[ 0 ] Posted by on February 10, 2018

Humidity Control

When it comes to ensuring food products are as safe and long-lasting as possible, keeping facilities clean and hygienic is not always enough. Temperature and humidity control is essential for food processing and storage facilities. Here are some of the reasons why.

Maximise quality

The tangible properties of food products, such as their shape, colour, texture and how firm or crisp they feel when we eat them, are directly affected by the water content of the product. If the air temperature or humidity are too high in an area where food is being processed or stored, it can cause the products to contain too much water, which reduces the quality of their properties and discourages consumers. Higher temperatures are also thought to damage the nutritional value of many foods.

Prevent bacteria

When there is too much humidity in the atmosphere, moisture can gather on the equipment used to process food, and even on the food products themselves. This creates an ideal environment for harmful bacteria to form and multiply. As many of these become airborne, they can rapidly spread to other parts of the processing or storage facility. Large quantities of products can then easily become infected, making them unsafe for consumers and damaging to the reputation of your business.

Ensure maximum shelf life

Insufficient temperature and humidity controls can lead to a decreased shelf life for your products. This is because excess moisture can break down food stuffs and also attack various common types of packaging, including paper packets and metal cans.

The deterioration of packaging can contaminate the food within, making it harmful to eat, or at the very least, shortening its shelf life and causing losses for your business.

Increase productivity

A lot of time can be wasted during the food production process by waiting for products to dry. This process can be directly affected by the levels of humidity in the air – the more moisture the atmosphere contains, the longer your products take to dry out.

Having the right humidity control system enables you to take control of the process by eliminating environmental factors, improving the efficiency of drying equipment and reducing the amount of energy used in food drying. This enables faster production and reduces overheads, resulting in increased profits.

Installing the right humidity controls in your food production or storage facility is a simple step that makes a huge amount of difference to your business, resulting in safer, higher quality products, increased productivity, more consumer satisfaction and greater levels of success.


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