Food and Beverage

Gas detectors for the Food and Beverage Industry

Our PID sensor gas detectors are able to measure VOC in concentrations as low as 1 PPB. This means that our VOC detectors are ready to be deployed in areas of the plant where detecting VOC at low levels can be critical to the quality of the end product.

Aside from safety and quality assurance based instruments, Ion Science also offers a range of test and inspection instruments for this industry.

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Everything you need to know about VOCs In The Food And Beverage Industry

Our Application Articles are available to download below, they provide you with key information on the exposure limits and the locations of where potentially harmful gases can occur within your application and share information on the gas detection monitoring techniques and equipment that can help you manage gas detection in the workplace.

AA 256 VOCs In The Food And Beverage Industry

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Food and Beverage Applications

Occupational Hygiene

Food And Beverage Occupational Hygiene

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other gases including carbon dioxide, CO2, and carbon monoxide, CO, may be present in significant quantity at many stages of food and beverage preparation.

Residues of fumigants and pesticides may remain on food ingredients, and concentrations of these should be monitored as part of an industrial hygiene policy. Changing regulations also mean that a responsible manufacturer may be expected to verify that some compounds, such as methyl bromide, are not present in a raw material or ingredient. This compound, CH3Br, also known as bromomethane, was a commonly used pesticide but was phased out in the early 21st century because of its ozone-depleting potential.

This and other fumigation gases including acrolein, carbon disulphide, ethyl formate, iodomethane, methyl isothiocyanate, phosphine, and trichloronitromethane can be readily detected and measured by ION Science instruments.

Food preservation may release other noxious gases including ammonia, NH3, – widely used in meat and fish packing – and formaldehyde, CH2O, into the atmosphere. Ethylene may have been used to accelerate ripening of fruits, and may be emitted from storage.

For point inspections of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products, a portable VOC detector from the Tiger family is recommended. These offer rapid and easy single-handed operation and can detect VOCs at concentrations as low as one part per billion (0.001 ppm).

Continuous monitoring of wide areas is the preserve of Falco or TVOC 2, fixed instruments which measures and records total VOC content.

Other occupational hygiene considerations in the food preparation industry include monitoring for carbon dioxide CO2, which may be used to retard the ripening of fruit, as an ingredient in sparkling beverages, and as an inert atmosphere for packing. This gas may be detected and quantified by instruments in the ION Science GasCheck range.

VOC detectors may also be deployed as part of microbiological monitoring, as microorganisms including E coli and mycobacteria will produce tell-tale emissions which will be detectable.

Gas Detectors and Leak Detectors for the Food and Beverage Industry

(MVI) Portable Mercury Vapour Indicator

MVI is a portable mercury vapour indicator that accurately detects mercury in just three seconds.

Cub 10.6 eV Personal VOC Gas Detector

Cub 10.6 eV personal VOC gas detector is worn within the breathing zone to detect volatile organic compounds, keeping you safe within your working environment.

Falco Diffused – Fixed VOC Gas Detector

Falco Diffused, Fixed VOC Gas Detector is ideal for detecting VOCs and TACs in areas such as refineries and petrol chemical facilities.

Falco Pumped – Fixed VOC Gas Monitor

Falco pumped instruments are ideal for detecting VOCs and TACs in difficult locations such as underground or in confined spaces.

GasCheck G Handheld Helium Gas Leak Detector

Designed for the search and location of gas leaks, the GasCheck G handheld helium gas leak detector provides you with effective detection of almost any gas or gas mixture.

Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector

The Tiger handheld VOC gas detector is a revolutionary portable PID instrument for rapid, accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Tiger LT Portable VOC Gas Detector

The Tiger LT portable VOC gas detector is an entry-level, portable instrument for fast, accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

TVOC 2 Continuous VOC Gas Detector

TVOC 2 is a fixed, continuous VOC gas detector that accurately detects and measures Total Volatile Organic Compounds within industrial working environments.


Industry Guides

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Cub – Personal Gas Detector

The Cub personal gas detector is worn within the breathing zone to detect volatile organic compounds, keeping you safe within your working environment.

Falco and its Typhoon Technology

Both Falco and Falco TAC are available as pumped or diffused models. All model have Typhoon technology!

Falco – Fixed Gas Detector

The Falco & Falco TAC is a fixed VOC detector that eliminates false readings found with other competing technology and continuously detection Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in hazardous areas.

Falco – How to replace the PID sensor

Video to show how to replace the PID sensor in the Falco.