6 Things The Food and Beverage Industry Should Know About Quantifying Microbial Water Risk (QMRA)

If you’re in the food and beverage industry you may never have heard of Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA). In the municipal drinking water sector, however, it’s been used for years to analyze risks and provide a quantitative approach to guide the regulatory decision making process.

With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), many QMRA concepts could be very useful for the food and beverage industry when evaluating which (if any) preventive controls may be required – especially as it relates to the many ways water is utilized in a plant’s processes.

Here are six key components of QMRA you need to know:
1. The type and concentration of microorganisms and pathogens in your incoming water source. What organisms are present? What are the typical concentrations and what is the range of extremes that are possible during a contamination event (water main break, cross contamination, lack of chlorine residual, etc.)?
2. The effectiveness of your existing treatment system as it relates specifically to the previous point. Are your water treatment barriers sufficient to handle the microbial concentration extremes associated with a contamination event?
3. The microbial and pathogen concentration remaining in the water post-treatment in your plant. Is all the water in the plant treated? Different water usages may be more critical than others. Consider the difference between water used as an ingredient versus water used in the initial stages of CIP. How much remaining microbial contamination is acceptable in these different water uses?
4. The type and concentration of microbial contaminants that would make it to the consumer based on consumption rates.
5. The infectious dose of the microorganisms and the potential rate of illness (annually). For example, <10 organisms is the infectious dose for E. coli O157:H7. Based on the previous points, and understanding the microbial concentration extremes associated with a contamination event, how frequently would the microbial concentration exceed the infectious dose for the various organisms identified in your process?
6. Annual health impact commonly expressed as Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY). In other words, DALY measures the health impact associated with contamination. (The World Health Organization has more information on how this is calculated: http://www.who.int/healthinfo/global_burden_disease/metrics_daly/en/).

For QMRA assessments in the municipal sector, calculating DALYs can help to prioritize and drive regulatory decisions. For the food and beverage industry, brand reputation and consumer perception are additional components that carry a significant financial impact which must be considered. A food recall could cost a company millions of dollars in addition to the negative health impact.

With regards to chemical contamination and/or microbial contamination, how much risk is acceptable? Obviously there is no universal answer, but the QMRA thought process can be an important starting point. The same is true for mitigating those risks.

For microbial contamination, UV is commonly used as a firewall for all incoming water into the plant, as it is generally a low-cost, low-maintenance option to get a multiple log reduction of critical microbial contaminants. For this reason, many plants utilize UV as their “Preventive Control” for FSMA compliance for their incoming source water.

You can find more information on QMRA and its relevance in the food and beverage industry here:
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Hanovia stärkt seine Präsenz in Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz

Der Spezialist für UV-Desinfektionstechnologie Hanovia setzt seine Strategie zur Vergößerung seines Marktanteils in der DACH-Region (Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz) fort – durch ein wachsendes spezialisiertes Vertriebsteam, eine effiziente Supportstruktur und einer folglich wachsenden Kundenliste. Die Brau Beviale, die vom 8. bis 10. November in Nürnberg stattfindet, ist eine weitere Gelegenheit, unser Team zu treffen und sich über unsere preisgekrönten PureLine-UV-Produkte für die Getränke- und Brauereiindustrie zu informieren. Das Unternehmen finden Sie auf Stand 133 in Halle 7.

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Hanovia Showing its PureLine PQ UV System at Dubai Drink Technology Expo

„Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass sich unsere UV-Technologie hervorragend für die hohen Standards der europäischen Getränkehersteller und Brauereien eignen“, erklärt Matthias Böker, Vertriebsmanager für Hanovia in Europa. „Unsere UVEO (UV Energy Optimised) Einlampen-UV-Systeme sind außerordentlich effizient und energiesparend, während unsere PQ (Performance Qualified) Nieder- und Mitteldruck-UV-Systeme von unabhängiger Stelle auf die Einhaltung der strengsten Anforderungen geprüft wurden.“

„Unsere preisgekrönte Technologie wird auf der Messe präsentiert und wir stehen für unsere Kunden zur Verfügung, um darüber zu sprechen, wie unsere UV-Anlagen sie bei der Verbesserung ihrer Desinfektions- und Dechlorierungsprozesse unterstützen kann“, erklärt Böker.

Die Firma Hanovia, die vor mehr als 90 Jahren in Slough im Vereinigten Königreich gegründet wurde, begann sein Geschäft mit der Herstellung von UV-Lampen für medizinische Behandlungen: die „Aktinotherapie“ oder „künstliches Licht“ im Spektrum des Sonnenlichts. 1927, d. h. nur drei Jahre nach Firmengründung, begann das Unternehmen mit der Distribution ins Ausland. Seit diesen frühen Tagen hat sich Hanovia zu einem der weltweit führenden Hersteller von UV-Lampen und -systemen für die Wasserdesinfektion in der Industrie, im Schwimmbadbereich, in der Gebäudetechnik , in der Aquakultur und in der Schiffsindustrie entwickelt. 1987 stellte Hanovia das erste UV-System der Welt zur Inaktivierung von Kryptosporidien in Trinkwasser bereit (für das Wasserwerk in Fort Benton, Montana, USA).

Hanovia, dessen Unternehmenszentrale weiterhin in Slough ist, verfügt über regionale Geschäftsstellen in Deutschland, den USA und in China. Es bietet einen beispiellosen Kundendienst im Rahmen seines UVCare-Programms an und arbeitet sehr eng mit einem Netzwerk aus Distributoren zusammen, damit seine Kunden einen absolut professionellen Service erhalten. Aus diesem Grund ist Hanovia heute als weltweit führendes Unternehmen im Bereich der UV-Desinfektionstechnologie für Prozessanwendungen bekannt.

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Hanovia consolidating its presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Hanovia continues to strengthen its share in the DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) region, with a growing specialist sales channel, efficient support structure and hence a growing customer list. Brau Beviale, held between 8-10 November in Nuremberg, Germany, presents another opportunity to visit our team and have a friendly chat about our award winning PureLine UV products for the beverage and brewery industry. The company will be located at Booth 133 in Hall 7.

Hanovia showing its PureLine PQ UV disinfection system at VIETWATER 2013

Hanovia showing its PureLine PQ UV disinfection system at VIETWATER 2013

“We believe our UV technology is perfect for the exacting standards of European beverage manufacturers and brewers,” says Hanovia’s European Sales Manager Matthias Boeker. “Our UVEO (UV Energy Optimised) single lamp UV systems offer extraordinary efficiency and energy savings, while our PQ (Performance Qualified) low and medium pressure UV systems are validated by an independent, third party body to meet the most stringent requirements.

“Our award winning technology will be showcased at the event and we would also like to meet with customers to discuss how UV technology can help them improve their disinfection and dechlorination processes,” added Matthias.

Founded over 90 years ago in Slough in the United Kingdom, Hanovia started off by manufacturing UV lamps for medical treatment, known as ‘actinotherapy’ or ‘artificial sunlight’. In 1927, only three years after being founded, the company started overseas distribution. From those early days, Hanovia has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of UV lamps and systems for water disinfection in the industrial, leisure, building, aquaculture and shipping industries. In 1987 it delivered the first UV system in the world for inactivating cryptosporidium in drinking water (to the Fort Benton, Montana drinking water facility in the USA).

Hanovia still has its headquarters in Slough, with regional offices in Germany, the USA and China. It provides an unrivalled level of customer care under its UVCare service and works very closely with a network of distributors to ensure its customers receive a very professional experience. This is why Hanovia now regarded as a world leader in UV disinfection technology for processing applications.

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“Engineering is a great choice for girls” says Hanovia’s Gugu Moyo

Gugu Moyo is a Quality and Planning Engineer at British UV water disinfection specialist Hanovia. With National Women in Engineering Day coming up on June 23, she reflects on the challenges and opportunities of a profession where only 6% of professional engineers are women.

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Like many teenagers I considered many career options. Growing up in Zimbabwe, the challenges facing girls wanting to go into engineering were much the same as in the UK, with widespread misunderstanding about what engineers do. The image of spending the day in a boiler suit, covered in grease and wielding a wrench is hard to shift, despite the fact that in my career my tools are typically computers, software and statistics.

I considered other possible careers using my abilities with maths and science, such as medicine and pharmacy, but decided to stick to my guns with engineering and I have found that, in the UK, people judge you by your ability as an engineer, not on your gender.

I came to the UK in 2007 to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Greenwich, followed by a Masters in Mechanical Manufacturing and Engineering. During both qualifications there was significant practical experience in secondments to companies. During my first degree I undertook a ‘Year in Industry’ with Npower CoGen in Aylesford and during my Masters was seconded to lighting specialists Heathfield and Company.

These experiences showed me what working life is really like made me realise how important work experience is – and how more girls might come into engineering if they could see engineering at first hand while still at school. It gave me a real insight into what to expect in an engineering career after university, and the skills I learned have constantly come into play.

“More girls might come into engineering if they could see engineering at first hand while still at school”

I would advise any girls considering GSCE and ‘A’ Level choices to consider engineering very carefully. If you can do some work experience in an engineering environment it will enable you to see for yourself that there are lots of silly myths about what engineers do. I would also say don’t be influenced by what your friends are choosing. Your future is your own, so pick subjects you enjoy and if that leads to engineering, give it a try. I have certainly found engineering a great career so far.

“Your future is your own, so pick subjects you enjoy and if that leads to engineering, give it a try”

My present job for Hanovia is as a Quality and Planning Engineer, involving quality assurance and internal process improvement, driven from statistical monitoring. It’s as far from the boiler suit and grease image as you can possibly get. In many ways it’s more like being an engineering detective, looking at evidence and making important decisions based on that evidence.

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I hope more girls will take an engineering career more seriously and I also hope more companies will start offering work experience to younger people – and to girls in particular. All sizes of companies can help with this, ensuring that pupils at school understand more about engineering and that there are more experienced graduates out there when it comes to recruitment. I know that some companies are wary of putting resource into this type of activity, but with experienced partners like the charity Engineering Development Trust, who run a number of schemes, the complexity is less than might be imagined.

Providing work experience is a great investment in the future of the engineering sector where we must ensure that the number of women in engineering careers increases many times over to ensure that the industry has the skills it needs in the future.

Commenting on Gugu’s role at Hanovia, the company’s Managing Director John Ryan says: “Ethnic and Gender diversity in our team makes us stronger and better able to respond positively to the needs of our diverse, global customer base. We’re delighted to have engineers such as Gugu in our team and I hope her story encourages more female students to consider a career in engineering. Unfortunately when we recruit we see very few female applicants and this can only change by offering a much more engaging perspective of what it means to be an engineer, so students can make an informed choice, not one based on an outdated notion that actually was never really true.”

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Hanovia begrüßt neuen Vertriebsmanager für Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz

Der Spezialist für UV-Desinfektionstechnologie Hanovia festigt seine Position in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, mit der Ernennung von Sven Leifer als neuen Vertriebsmanager für diese Region.

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Leifer wechselt zu Hanovia von seinem vorherigen Arbeitgeber Peschl Ultraviolet GmbH, wo er in verschiedenen Funktionen für ganz Europa tätig war, und wird das Unternehmen durch seinen großen Erfahrungsschatz im Bereich der UV-Technologie bereichern.

„Wir freuen uns sehr, Sven in unserem wachsenden europäischen Vertriebsteam willkommen zu heißen “, erklärt Matthias Böker, European Sales Manager, Hanovia. „Sein ausgezeichnetes Wissen über UV-Anwendungen und sein unternehmerisches Denken machen ihn zur idealen Besetzung für die Entwicklung einer nachhaltigen Wachstumsstrategie für Hanovia in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz.“

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Hanovia Appoints New Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Hanovia is consolidating its position in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the appointment of Sven Leifer as its new Sales Manager for the region.

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Sven comes to Hanovia with extensive experience in the UV industry, having previously worked for Peschl Ultraviolet GmbH in various sales roles across Europe.

“We’re delighted to welcome Sven to our expanding European sales team,” said Hanovia’s European Sales Manager Matthias Boeker. “His excellent understanding of UV technology combined with a strong business capability makes him the ideal person to develop a sustainable growth strategy for Hanovia in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”

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Hanovia Expands into Asia Pacific with new Regional Manager

As part of its growth in the Asia Pacific region UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has recently appointed Poorna Rajendran as Regional Manager for its new Singapore Representative Office.

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Poorna’s main role will initially be to set up the Singapore office, which adds to the offices Hanovia has already established in the USA, Germany and China. He will also be responsible for the business development and growth of Hanovia’s UV disinfection business in South East Asia, Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re delighted to have Poorna on our team,” comments Hanovia’s Global Marketing Manager Gunvinder Bhogal. “He joins us with excellent experience in the water industry, having worked with Siemens Water Technologies (formerly USFilter) and, more recently, as Asia Business Director of Wallace & Tiernan, where he was responsible for the disinfection business and managed a wide network of channel partners across Asia.”

Poorna has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in the USA which he undertook under the Singapore Stanford Partnership Program.

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Dubai Drink Technology Expo begins with an unexpected visit

Hanovia’s first day at the Dubai Drink Technology Expo began with an unexpected surprise.

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His Excellency Mr. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development, called at our booth and took part in the official unveiling of our PureLine UVEO UV disinfection system at the show. He then listened to our MEA Sales Manager Halim Mirza explain how UV technology helps food and beverage producers keep their process water pure without resorting to chemical disinfection.

“Having His Excellency Mr. Al Qamzi unveil our new product in the Middle East region was an unexpected honour,” says Gunvinder Bhogal, Hanovia’s Global Marketing Manager. “He appeared to take great interest in the technology and how it disinfects process water in an environmentally friendly way, without any disinfection by-products.”

“I believe we are the only company to launch a new product at the Expo,” added Mr Bhogal. “We believe the PureLine UVEO system is ideally suited for food and beverage producers in the region as it meets all necessary standards and regulations and offers a very high level of biosecurity while also reducing operational costs. Powered by ‘UVEO technology’, the new generation PureLine UV systems deliver up to 60% less power usage than conventional, equivalent UV systems, meaning lower energy use while still delivering effective water disinfection at required flows – all with a single medium pressure lamp.”

Hanovia is the Expo until May 18 and visitors are welcome to visit us at Booth C41 to find out more about the PureLine UVEO and our extensive range of UV systems for disinfection, dechlorination and deozonation.

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Hanovia is Helping Al Rawabi Dairy in Dubai Keep its Milk Pure

To ensure the purity of its product, Al Rawabi Dairy in Dubai – the UAE’s largest – is using PureLine UV disinfection technology from Hanovia to disinfect water used in the milk production process. The UV system ensures the process is free from harmful bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella.

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According to Mr Ashraf, Al Rawabi’s Site Engineer, two of the major benefits of the Hanovia UV system are the low operational and maintenance costs compared to alternative disinfection systems, and the fact that UV disinfection is a completely clean technology which does not produce any disinfection by-products or aftertaste, unlike with chlorine disinfection.

Founded in 1989 with 500 Holstein and Friesian cattle, Al Rawabi now has 10,000 cows at its state of the art farm in Al Khawaneej. As well as distributing milk to over 9,000 outlets in the UAE, Al Rawabi also exports its products to Oman and Qatar. Animal welfare is a high priority for the dairy and all its animals are housed in special air conditioned units which protect them from the stifling summer heat.

The success of Hanovia’s PureLine UV technology in the United Arab Emirates is to be followed by the official Middle East launch of the new PureLine Ultraviolet Energy Optimised (UVEO) disinfection system at the Dubai Drink Technology Expo on May 16.

“Building on the strengths of the existing PureLine range, the PureLine UVEO takes advantage of an optimised hydraulic design to provide up to 60% improvement in the treatment capacity over conventional medium pressure UV systems, using just a single medium pressure UV lamp” says Hanovia’s Technical Director Mark Aston. “This means reduced running costs without compromising on bio-security. A single medium pressure UV lamp eliminates the need to install a bigger system with multiple lamps at higher flows, which saves on up front capital costs and lifetime spares costs.

“The system utilises a smart control system that reads the process water conditions using flow, transmittance and chlorine sensors to control the electronic ballast with ‘stepless’ power, automatically adjustable from 100% to 30%. This feature helps increase the life of the medium pressure lamp and provides further savings on power costs,” added Mark.

Commenting on the launch of the PureLine UVEO in the Middle East, Halim Mirza, Hanovia’s Middle Eastern & Africa Regional Manager’, said: “Ensuring product quality in the beverage production process, while also being price conscious, can be a difficult balancing act for local producers. They need to know that the disinfection technology they’re using is fit for purpose and will protect the product from pathogens such as Cryptosporidium or Salmonella. At the same time they need to balance the cost of that technology with the financial realities. The PureLine UVEO ticks both boxes, as it offers a very high level of biosecurity while also reducing operational costs. It achieves this by using less energy while still delivering effective water disinfection at required flows with a single medium pressure lamp.”

In addition to Al Rawabi, Hanovia has a growing list of impressive food and beverage reference sites in the United Arab Emirates and would be happy to discuss these applications with any interested parties. Please feel free to contact the company’s exclusive local distributor Water Engineering Technologies (WET) FZC, on telephone +971 6 557 8230 or e-mail sales@wet-fzc.com. WET is based in the Sharjah Airport International Zone.

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Hanovia Nominated for ‘Excellence in Export’ at Slough Business Awards

Hanovia was a finalist at the recent Slough Business Awards. The company was one of five nominated in the ‘Excellence in Export’ category.

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Rafiq Chohan, Slough Business Awards chairman, “The turnout was great and we were really pleased that we had so many more finalists and winners than ever. There is no doubt it was the best one yet.”

A silent auction raised more than £1,000 for Slough Refugee Support, the awards’ charity partner, and guests were entertained by Tim Oliver and Brett Sirells – impersonators of David Brent and Gareth Keenan from the Slough-based comedy series The Office.

The awards are open to all 18,000 businesses in the SL postcode area, which includes Slough Trading Estate – Europe’s largest trading estate – where Hanovia is located.

“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and, although we didn’t win, to be one of five shortlisted exporters – out of the many thousands of exporters in the SL postcode – is no mean achievement,” said Gunvinder Bhogal, Hanovia Global Marketing Manager. “Hanovia has been based in Slough since its inception over 90 years ago. We are now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of UV lamps and systems for water disinfection in the industrial, leisure, building, aquaculture and shipping industries, with exports going as far afield as Chile, New Zealand and Fiji,” he added.

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