Starch Adhesive Preparation and Distribution Systems: Housekeeping, Technical Information Paper TIP 0304-06 (2002)
The starch adhesive is subject to microbial contamination and attack (spoilage). The result can be a loss of viscosity of the combining adhesive. Viscosity loss can have significant detrimental effects on quality and productivity. In short, unless precautions are taken the adhesive preparation, storage, and circulation system can act as a large fermentation system because starch, especially the cooked or carrier portion that provides viscosity, can provide a food source for microbes.