Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Impact of Water Main Breaks on Food & Beverage Establishments

by Saumya Garg In the United States, potable water is supplied to homes and businesses via a network of 2.2 million miles of transmission lines and distribution mains. Given the importance of drinking water, the efficient operation of these pipelines is imperative to not only the normal functioning of our lives but also to maintain 


Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Listeria: A Nightmare for the Ready-to-Eat Foods Industry

By Saumya Garg Spread over a period of about a year and a half, from January 2017 to July 2018, South Africa saw the deaths of 216 people and the hospitalization of over 800 people. The cause: Listeriosis caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis is a rare, yet serious food borne illness with a 


Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Operating temperature effects on UV treatment of sucrose (and other sugar syrups)

By Brian Grochowski One of the most common but misunderstood applications for UV disinfection is for treating sugar syrups such as liquid sucrose. Sucrose is quite common in the beverage industry for use in flavored waters, carbonated beverages, teas, etc. While beverages made with sucrose syrups have some perceived consumer benefits compared to HFCS syrups, 


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Is clean water a bigger threat than climate change?

By: Brian Grochowski On a recent CBS News interview, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), stated that he believed “water issues are the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issue affecting the world right now. By water issues, I mean primarily clean and safe drinking water, marine litter 


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Déjà vu all over again – Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli from irrigation water

By: Brian Grochowski Back in June 2018, 210 people were infected with E. coli O157:H7 and 96 people were hospitalized, and five people died having consumed contaminated romaine lettuce. The source of contamination was found to be the canal water used to irrigate the lettuce. Fewer than six months after that outbreak, a similar event 


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Valcour Process Technologies to provide Aquionics UV technology to Cheese Producers

Aquionics has entered into a partnership agreement with Valcour Process Technologies for the distribution of its ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems to cheese producers in the upper Midwest. The agreement enables Valcour to offer Aquionics UVEO and UVEO H products for pasteurized equivalent water applications across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, where there is a 


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The Benefits of UV Disinfection in Liquid Sugar Manufacturing

By: Brian Grochowski In an increasingly regulated and safety-conscious market, the sugar processing industry must meet ever more stringent quality standards. Concentrated sugar syrups have a high osmotic pressure, and although this prevents microorganisms from growing and reproducing, they can still survive in spore form and may grow once the syrup is diluted. Microbial growth 


Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Foodborne Illness is on The Rise. Can the FSMA Help?

By Dan Shaver The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans get a foodborne illness each year, which means that approximately 48 million people become sick due to one of the 31 pathogens. About 128,000 of those end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die. Of the31 pathogens, many 


Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Importance of water when training for a marathon.

By Tony Sibley, Global Customer Support Manager My colleagues at Aquionics, Berson and Hanovia have been giving me plenty of encouragement and support as I prepare to tackle the daunting challenge of running the London Marathon on April 22nd. Inspired by my wife Amanda’s tremendous efforts last year, I will be dragging myself around the 


Monday, March 26th, 2018

Do you drink plastic?

The recently released Orb Media study revealing that around 93% of the bottled water they tested showed ‘some sign of microplastic contamination’, has seen the bottled water industry and leading producers taking a defensive position.