Recent events highlight need for safe water for food production

March 14, 2016

Water is an essential component of many types of food products. Processors, manufacturers, and packers use water to clean, cool and even transport foods during production (in flumes for example). Water is, of course, also used to make ice and beverages of many types.

Cantaloupe are sometimes washed before being packed for distribution to wholesalers and retailers.

Water, mixed with detergents and antimicrobial compounds, is essential to clean and sanitize equipment and the food production environment. The quality of water is especially important in the food industry, and the impact of unsafe water sources cannot be overestimated.

In the United…