HOW DO I KEEP MY SOFT DRINK PRODUCTS SAFE?
Bacteria, yeasts, molds and other organisms can be found everywhere, even in soft drinks. They can find their way into the process through raw materials, sweeteners, the facility environment, even on packaging materials.
Even though soft drinks might seem like a nutrient rich environment attractive to microorganisms, low pH drinks with high carbonation levels will kill most bacteria that get into the final package. A few bacteria may survive, but are usually inhibited from growing because of the harsh environment.
Soft drinks that are not carbonated and have less acidic pH levels, such as sports drinks or flavored waters, lack protection against spoilage organisms. Therefore, barriers such as filters should be installed to block contamination of the drinks by bacteria and other organisms.