Responsible Spill Remediation In The Food & Bev Industry

There are two major arenas in which food & beverage product handling will take place: processing and distribution. As with all product handling scenarios, spills are an inevitable occurrence within both of these spaces. Download now to learn about cleaning spills to NSF & OMRI standards while remaining environmentally & fiscally sound.

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RESPONSIBLE SPILL REMEDIATION IN THE FOOD & BEV INDUSTRY Cleaning spills to NSF & OMRI Standards While Remaining Environmentally & Fiscally Sound Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 2 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: There are two major arenas in which food & beverage product handling will take place: processing and distribution. As with all product handling scenarios, spills are an inevitable occurrence within both of these spaces. In the presence of products produced for human consumption, the methods for spill remediation should become subject to more stringent review, to eliminate the possibility of contamination. The potential contamination scenarios vary greatly between the processing and distribution spaces. The risk of direct contact with the food and beverage products is much higher in the production spaces than within the distribution spaces, where food is already enclosed and packaged for shipment. Varying levels of risk aside, the mitigation of potential contamination scenarios remains a priority in both realms. There are several prominent spill remediation tactics currently being used within the food and beverage industry. The most commonly used tactics are: loose, clay-based absorbent; absorbent booms/mats; loose, paper-based absorbent; and in some cases, mop and soap water. While existing as the industry standards, these products are not without their limitations in terms of both environmental and fiscal efficiency. Manufacturers and distributors should be offered spill remediation options that not only adhere to food-safety standards, but are also designed with quality and overall employee and consumer safety in mind. Maintenance is an essential link in the food production chain, and as this chain becomes more complex and policies become more stringent, spill-remediation products need to meet the standards, policies, and needs of end-users head on. Assuming that food safety is of the highest priority when evaluating spill remediation products. This white paper will: Review an organic alternative that serves as an industry disruptor. Explore two of the major certifications and standards systems that are related to food safety (OMRI & NSF). Touch on the ways in which current industry-standard spill remediation tactics fare within those contexts. Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. I. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 3 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: By definition, organic products are “produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.” (Source: Studies have shown that organic crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, with pesticide residues reduced by 3-4 times in comparison to non-organic crops. (Source: Washington State University) Where products created for human consumption are concerned, the usage of organic products would be of the utmost benefit to both production manufacturers and distributors – thereby eliminating potential chemical contamination and unnecessary exposure to additional potentially unsafe residues. The Organic Materials Review Institute, “supports organic integrity by developing clear information and guidance about materials, so that producers know which products are appropriate for organic operations” The OMRI vision is to create “A world where all people trust and rely on organic practices to create healthy food, fiber, soil, water, air, animals, and people.” To have a product listed as an “OMRI listed product” the product must undergo technical review and be compliant with organic standards. The OMRI Listed Seal “assures the suitability of products for certified organic production, handling, and processing” There are currently only 35 absorbents that meet OMRI standards, and are listed as OMRI certified (with and without restrictions). (Source: OMRI) Organic Products & The Organic Materials Review (OMRI) Listing 6. 9. 7. 10. 8. 11. 12. II. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 4 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: The NSF (formerly known as the National Sanitation Foundation) provides public health and safety guidelines that are followed closely by manufacturers, regulators, and consumers alike. The NSF Mission is to protect and improve global human health; they follow the American National Standards Institute development process to create standards that “protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment” Products that receive NSF certification meet the strict standards and procedures imposed by the NSF. Not only are the products and materials tested and analyzed extensively to prove that they meet certification criteria, the production/processing facilities are routinely evaluated as well. Products and systems that have been NSF certified for use around food processing and warehousing inherently provide greater versatility for end users in terms of safety and range of application, thereby improving environmental and fiscal impact for end users. The Public Health and Safety Organization - NSF Standards III. 13. 14. 15. 16. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 5 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: In food production and processing spaces, spill remediation options are limited. Loose products, such as clay-based absorbent are a non-viable option due to potential carcinogenic (non-NSF certified) airborne dust contamination. The current industry standard (and previously the only feasible) option for spill clean-up within food processing facilities are spill containment mats and booms followed by mopping with hot water and food-safe cleanser. These combined tactics provide low-risk spill containment, but are neither OMRI or NSF certified. Within the distribution arena, there are multiple opportunities for liquid-based spills. These accidents often occur due to human error, and will coincide with the active transportation of the food and/or beverage goods. Within distribution centers, it is the industry standard to use clay-based spill remediation products. These areas are not held to the more stringent standards of actual food processing environments, as food and beverage products are typically sealed for transport in distribution spaces. From an environmental and health perspective the clay-based absorbents are extremely hazardous. Clay-based products emit silica dust, which is “hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled” (Source: Frequent exposure to, and inhalation of silica dust can have debilitating, and potentially fatal effects on the human body. Continued exposure can lead to silicosis, which “can appear from a few weeks to many years after exposure to silica dust. Symptoms typically worsen over time as scarring in the lungs occurs.” (Source: Current State of Spill Remediation in the Food & Beverage Industry IV. 17. 18. 19. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 6 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: Clay-based products and containment/absorption mats contribute to an increasingly unsustainable waste stream. Two factors come into play when evaluating the waste produced by the two most commonly-used means of spill remediation: absorption efficiency and hazardous-waste classifications. From an efficiency standpoint, both clay-based products and absorption mats/ booms require a large quantity of absorption product to completely clean up a spill in comparison to the amount of spilled product actually being absorbed. This poor ratio coupled with potential end-users misuse creates excessive amounts of waste materials to dispose of. From the disposal standpoint, both the clay-based products and the containment mats require hazardous waste disposal. Neither absorbent product possesses full encapsulation capabilities, which means they carry the potential to leach the product they were used to absorb. To avoid potential landfill and environmental contamination, the most commonly used absorbent materials are packed into hazardous waste drums that require additional shipment and managing – increasing the end user’s carbon footprint and waste output. SpillFix is a naturally organic, dust-free, and silica-free absorption product. Naturally derived from coconut fibers, this coir-pith product is both food safe, NSF Certified, and OMRI listed for organic use. This means that this product is safe for use in both food processing spaces as well as distribution centers - virtually eliminating the need for multiple absorbents. Financially & Environmentally Sustainable Absorbent Provides NSF Certified & OMRI Listed Alternative to Industry Standard Products V. Chemical reactions between organic waste and the absorption materials have also been documented as combustion hazards, and have led to fires on both facility grounds and landfills. 20. 21. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 7 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: The SpillFix product possesses total encapsulation abilities that lend itself to both environmental and fiscal efficiency. The organic compound contains a capillary system which acts as micro sponges that completely contain any liquid that the product comes into contact with. When fully-saturated, it can be packed up cleanly into a dense mass that can then immediately be disposed of in standard waste receptacles; no hazardous waste removal is necessary. 22. 23. Environmental Sustainability Reduced Flammability – As previously reported, there have been reported cases of organic waste reacting with clay-based absorbents and containment mats while contained in hazardous waste drums – leading to combustion and fire on facility grounds. SpillFix has passed a standardized test (Burning Rate Test as per Clause in the UN Recommendations) to be classified as a non-readily combustible solid. When tested against a competitor, SpillFix absorbed oil more effectively while maintaining combustion/flame resistance. (Source: BTU Analysis & Flammability Report) Landfill Safe – Within the food and beverage industry, organic matter (i.e.: blood) is often considered hazardous waste. These spills and their remediation materials are required by law to be removed via hazardous waste disposal, and are not allowed on regular landfill sites. However, SpillFix total encapsulation abilities passed the EPA limits dictating which product can be used to clean up chemicals and disposed of out without any special treatment.* (Source: Spillfix Landfill Leachate Report) Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 8 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: AMOUNT OF ABSORBENT PRODUCT REQUIRED Before Adoption of SpillFix: Ventura operations management was previously required to keep a full skid of clay based absorbent in their maintenance area. This typically meant bringing in a brand-new, full, skid of product once a month (~ 12 skids a year). With Adoption of SpillFix: Ventura operations management has only had to purchase 2 skids over the time span of 12 months. This is an 83% reduction in the amount of absorbent product used and/or required by the Ventura team. Food manufacturer and supplier, Ventura Foods, has long been tasked with finding spill solutions for both maintenance shops and Bulk Oil Department since conception. Prior to adopting the SpillFix product in 2017, Ventura Foods was using several different absorbents to handle the needs of the various spaces. Clay-based absorbents and loose paper absorbents were used in their distribution warehouses, up until a group lead within the Distribution Center asked that research be done to find a more effective and efficient product. With the adoption of SpillFix, Ventura Foods is able to use the naturally organic product in both their maintenance shops and Bulk Oil Department, and has been able to generate significant savings and overall efficiency within their facilities. The following are examinations of the areas in which Ventura Foods has seen sustainable improvements due to the implementation of SpillFix: (Fiscal) Sustainability Case Study - Ventura Foods VI. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 9 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: REDUCTION OF PROFITS LOST (VIA LABOR) With the use of SpillFix absorbent, these same spills can be contained within 15 minutes. With clay- based and paper-based absorbents, the average spill would require 1.5 hours to be contained by 2-3 employees. This means that every spill would cost Ventura Foods about $113 in lost/ misplaced labor. With the implementation SpillFix, spills can be cleaned by a 1 employee in about 15 minutes, bringing the lost labor costs down to about $6.25. In 2015, Ventura Foods of oily rags and absorbent. In 2016, Ventura Foods of the same oily rags and absorbent throughout the course of the year In 2017, Ventura Foods of any SpillFix absorbent product. HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL paid to dispose of 7 drums paid to dispose of 6 drums has not had to pay for disposal REDUCTION OF TIME LOST Ventura Foods distribution employees have noted that the average oil spill can be up to about 35lbs of oil, as containers may rupture in transport. With the use of previous absorbent products (clay & paper) spills would take upwards of 1.5 hours to be contained. With the use of SpillFix absorbent, these same spills can be contained within 15 minutes. Responsible Spill Remediation in the Food & Bev Industry 10 Phone: 919.535.8278 Contact Us Website: SpillFix absorbent provides a food-safe, NSF and OMRI-certified alternative to the current mainstays of spill remediation in the Food and Beverage industry. Where loose clay and paper based absorbents, and containment mats fall short in terms of financial and environmental sustainability, SpillFix provides a cost effective, highly- efficient solution that is safe to use within both food processing and distribution spaces. For more information, please visit ConclusionVII. SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent instantly absorbs any liquid spill on contact, so spill areas can be cleaned up with minimum downtime and the area immediately rendered safe. SpillFix Industrial Absorbent is organic, nontoxic and completely safe to handle. SpillFix will not leach out the absorbed hydrocarbon liquids, making it landfill safe. SpillFix will take up to 85% less time to cleanup a spill compared with clay based absorbents. That means a lot less downtime and less wasted man-hours. SpillFix-it with less! With SpillFix, nearly 80% less product is required as compared with clay based absorbents. Due to its super absorbency, SpillFix can often be used for more than one spill. SpillFix has an environmental lifecycle second to none. It creates less waste and is landfill safe, providing lower disposal cost with no environmental impact. About Us 180 Towerview Court Cary North Carolina 27513 United States Tel: 919.535.8278 Fax: 919.535.8607 Contact Us View our Resource Library