Water, HACCP and food safety
Dear Editor:
We’re a manufacturer of fluid purification and water filtration equipment. I’m heavily involved in our Food Service Division on the marketing side and I’ve been in the food service industry for 20 years.
I’ve just finished reading Kelly A. Reynolds’s article on “The Importance of Water Quality to the Food Industry” (see On Tap column, WC&P, November 2002). She had some very interesting things to say on untreated water and its effects during storage, packaging and handling of food to the service industry.
 I’ve tried for two years to get NSF to incorporate water at POU and POE as a critical control point for their HACCP (hazardous areas and critical control points) program training. Why doesn’t the industry recognize that even treated water from the municipality could affect the products produced in commercial kitchens and even make people sick?
My commentary stems from watching the HACCP protocols and policies develop, along with the rise in interest over internal food temperatures, handling, rotation, etc. I still find it hard to believe, with the high incidence of water-related illnesses (especially in commercial operations and the potential liabilities that can result), that no one has ever identified incoming water as a critical control point!

Janice Despotakis,
Food Service Marketing Specialist
Meriden, Conn.

Editor’s reply: We agree on the importance of the subject. We anticipate other articles on this topic, if not by Dr. Reynolds herself then by others as qualified. Thanks for the feedback.

Survey on pharmaceutical water treatment
Dear Editor:
I’m a graduate student at East Carolina University. I’m doing research comparing various techniques of purifying water for use in pharmaceutical manufacturing. I’ve read articles on your website on many occasions and found them to be insightful.

In order to gather data for my research, I’ve prepared a survey that compares the various techniques based on different parameters. That was the easy part… Now, I need to find qualified people that would be willing to complete my short online survey. I plan to get submittals based on different perspectives such as regulatory, vendors of purification equipment, plant professionals, laboratory, consultants, and academia.

I’m asking if you would help me to get my survey into the hands of individuals who know a lot about water purification. Perhaps you would be willing to distribute through a mailing list or Listserv. I plan to contact the various trade organizations and solicit their help as well.

Here is the link to the survey: http:// www.housing.sc.edu/kram/survey.asp
I’m sure you have a busy schedule, but any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Reynaldo Barron
East Carolina University
Greenville, N.C.

From Russia, with love
Dear Editor:
Please accept my sympathy and condolences in connection with American astronauts perishing [aboard the U.S. space shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1]. The sorrowful feelings in such moments are known to us as such, as some of Russian cosmonauts had the same end.
Unfortunately, investigation of space is a very difficult, expensive and risky matter. We hope that the American people will soon again be in space.

Anatoly I. Loskutov, Ph.D., Senior Researcher
St. Petersburg State Institute of Technology
St. Petersburg, Russia


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