Cross contamination of allergens in bulk powder processing plants

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Cross contamination of allergens in bulk powder processing plants

The bulk powder processing industry should be extremely concerned with preventing cross contamination of allergens. 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies, and as many as 200 deaths a year are the result of an allergic reaction, according to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Did you know 8 foods account for 90% of allergic reactions?
1. Peanuts
2. Tree nuts (walnuts, pecans)
3. Fish
4. Shellfish
5. Eggs
6. Milk
7. Soy
8. Wheat

If you are processing any of these food allergens, such as lactose and peanut residue, on the same bulk powder processing line, you are at risk for cross-contamination.

With traditional flexible sleeves held by hose clamps, powder buildup and leakage are common issues that can increase the risk of cross-contamination. The BFM® fitting ensures a smooth crevice-free connection. Powder does not become trapped in the connector, minimizing the chance for cross-contamination. The snap band design forms a perfect seal, and allows the flexible sleeve to easily be removed for cleaning without requiring tools. Also, the dust tight seal prevents powder from leaking into the atmosphere.

Discover more about how the BFM® fitting can help prevent cross contamination.