Sustainable treatment of food industry wastewater using membrane technology: A short review

Md Nahid Pervez, Monira Rahman Mishu, George K. Stylios, Shadi W. Hasan, Yaping Zhao, Yingjie Cai, Tiziano Zarra, Vincenzo Belgiorno, Vincenzo Naddeo

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Water is needed for food processing facilities to carry out a number of tasks, including moving goods, washing, processing, and cleaning operations. This causes them to produce wastewa-ter effluent, and they are typically undesirable since it contains a high volume of suspended solids, bacteria, dyestuffs, salts, oils, fats, chemical oxygen demand and biological oxygen demand. There-fore, treatment of food industry wastewater effluent is critical in improving process conditions, socio-economic benefits and our environmental. This short review summarizes the role of available membrane technologies that have been employed for food wastewater treatment and analyse their performance. Particularly, electrospun nanofiber membrane technology is revealed as an emerging membrane science and technology area producing materials of increasing performance and effective-ness in treating wastewater. This review reveals the challenges and perspectives that will assist in treating the food industry wastewater by developing novel membrane technologies.

Original languageBritish English
Article number3450
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Electrospun nanofiber membranes
  • Food industry wastewater
  • Fouling
  • Membrane processes


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