Effluent Waste Treatment in the Food Manufacturing Industry


Within the manufacturing process, there's a flow of wastewater that contains various pollutants. If left untreated, it can harm ecosystems, water bodies, and biodiversity. Sustainable wastewater management uses advanced technologies and eco-friendly strategies to handle this waste, helping food manufacturers adopt environmentally friendly practices.

For food manufacturers, this means more than expected. Implementing sustainable wastewater management practices can set them apart in the market, attracting loyal, eco-conscious consumers.


Specific Pollutants in Food Manufacturing Industry Wastewater

Wastewater from food manufacturing can hold different pollutants, depending on the food type. Some common ones are:

  • Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD): Measures microorganisms' oxygen needs to break down organic matter.
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD): Measures oxygen needed for chemically oxidising organic matter.
  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS): Gauges suspended solid particles, including fats, oils, grease, and cleaning residues.


Risks of Not Treating Industrial Wastewater

There are many risks associated with not treating industrial wastewater. These risks can impact human health, the environment, and the economy.


Impact on Human Health

Waterborne Diseases

Pathogens spread through contaminated water, causing illnesses.


Harmful pollutants can lead to respiratory, skin issues, and cancer.

Nutrient Pollution

Excessive nutrients cause harmful algae blooms and unsafe water.


Impact on the Environment

Water Pollution

Discharging wastewater pollutes water bodies, harming aquatic life.

Groundwater Contamination

Polluted wastewater infiltrates and contaminates groundwater.

Ecosystem Damage

Untreated waste disrupts ecosystems, harming plants and animals.


Impact on the Economy

Healthcare Costs

Treating waterborne illnesses is expensive.

Environmental Clean-up Costs

Remedying polluted areas is costly.

Property Damage

Untreated wastewater damages property.

Tourism Loss

Contaminated areas deter tourists, affecting the local economy


Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad's Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad's industrial wastewater treatment is a significant step toward responsible manufacturing. Its advanced facility demonstrates the company's commitment to the environment, regulations, and a sustainable future.

AMB Wastewater Treatment Plants handle diverse effluent waste treatment with advanced methods, treating wastewater effectively which meets the Standard A requirements of the Ministry of Environment and Water in Malaysia. AMB takes initiative to promote a greener future and reduce the environment impact.

By focusing on effective water waste treatment, AMB promotes environmental stewardship and sets a benchmark for other food manufacturers. This effort drives positive change throughout the industry, making a significant impact through its wastewater treatment process.

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