The food industry needs to perform tests in a climatic chamber to accurately assess the expiration and stability of its products, as well as to test the viability of new compositions.
Among these, there are drinks which, before being placed on the market, must adapt to quality standards of international relevance.
The International Standards for the Stability Test of Beverage
As is known, the food we eat is subject to increasing safety and quality standards shared by the industry at a global level. As for packaged food producers, ISO 22000 - FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT is the main standard that establishes the rules to follow to offer quality food and drinks.
However, the tests in the climatic chamber follow another standard, ISO 16779: 2015 which is responsible for regulating the main test that we will perform on beverages, the shelf-life test.
What is the Shelf-life Test for Beverage in the Climatic Chamber?
As the name suggests, the shelf-life test is aimed at calculating the shelf life of the beverages we drink every day, stored in standard conditions and according to the climate of the destination country.
Technically, it's called Accelerated shelf-life testing (ASLT) and consists of a series of changes in temperature, humidity and lighting that simulate the shelf life of a given beverage. Through this test, we will evaluate the most common problems faced by a wide range of commercial, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, namely:
- Fading and color change
- Loss of visual or spoilage protective properties
- Souring and other flavor degradation
Other Stability Tests for Beverage in the Climatic Chamber
In the contemporary food industry, the tendency to experiment with natural and artificial substances is constantly growing. Many of the most common beverages are the result of very delicate chemical balances that must be rigorously tested before being marketed.
For this reason, environmental chambers also come in handy during new product development tests.
Any new compound that may appear stable at first glance must be further tested in a controlled environment where temperature, humidity and lighting can be altered, just as is done in the shelf test for products already on the market.
The FDM Climatic Chamber for the Stability Test of Beverage
All the tests mentioned above can be performed by a standard FDM environmental chamber.
Our climatic chambers have a simple and intuitive interface, making it easy to alter the temperature and humidity parameters, as well as the lighting parameter to perform the photostability tests, essential for a whole series of beverages.
The FDM climatic chambers have different capacities, from 140 to 2300 liters for this specific field.
For larger requirements, do not hesitate to contact us: the FDM team can work on any non-standard project, to meet the needs of each client.