It’s vital that businesses in the food and drink industry do all they can to ensure the quality of the water they use if they are to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines – and ensure that their customers do not fall ill.
Failure to do so can result in people succumbing to all sorts of illnesses, such as cryptosporidiosis – a disease typically caused by parasites Cryptosporidium hominis and C. parvum. These parasites are resistant to chlorine and outbreaks of the disease have been associated with drinking or swimming in contaminated water.
Water is used in food and beverage production for rinsing food like salads, washing equipment and product makeup. If a producer does supply a contaminated product, the financial and legal consequences can be huge… while damage to brand reputation can be very serious as well.
It’s important to remember that Cryptosporidium is a potentially fatal parasite and as such many brands out there are now bringing in control methods to improve their process operations.
The Drinking Water Inspectorate says: “Cryptosporidium is a parasite that infects man and a wide range of domestic and wild animals. It causes cryptosporidiosis, which in healthy adults, is an unpleasant diarrhoea lasting up to two weeks. At present, there is no cure for cryptosporidiosis and the condition can be serious for, and fatal to, elderly, very ill and immunocompromised people (those receiving chemotherapy or immunocompromised patients for example).”
You could do a lot to protect your customer base if you invest in the SupaPleat product range, food and beverage filters that can be used to provide effective Crypto removal from washing processes and product manufacturing.
Other key benefits of this particular system include being able to avoid costly recalls if an occurrence takes place, prevention of reputation-damaging incidents being reported in the press and reducing the possibility of being sued by consumers after being contaminated with Crypto from a product source.