The problem of dust contamination in the food and feed industry became more and more important recently.
Handling, storage and processing of example barley, grain, wheat, oats, soya, maize or rice causes a lot of dust issues which create serious threats for people’s health.
People think dust from coal is more dangerous than dust from food or feed, but it is proven by a research that all dust is dangerous. Dust from cereals can cause what they call “farmer’s lung”.
The transportation, handling and storage of food and feed raw materials can also cause dust explosions leading to major damage, losses and potential danger for workers.
Also there are more and more mixed transhipment terminals where on the one hand coal or ore is being handled and on the other hand food and feed raw materials such as cereals. Then dust can blow away from one site to the other and can precipitate on the material and cause cross contamination. Good dust control can prevent this.