Food processing is challenging for many reasons. One of the most costly quality control issues is maintaining a containment-free environment to ensure the safety of food products in the marketplace. Food passes through many hands and much food processing equipment, and many types of machinery, on its journey to the consumer. The complex chain of processing may include chopping, mixing, packaging and shipping.
Throughout the process of getting food products to market, there is significant opportunity for worn, aged or stressed plastic, rubber or metal particles to make their way into the food, especially important with meat processing safety, as Tyson Foods recently found out. Your company can avoid problems like this--with metal detectable cleaning products. These products help your business detect contamination before consumers or end users have access to the food--and to make it simpler to comply with strict government food safety regulations on the industry.
Currently, food contaminant detection and inspection options include one or more of the following:
- Metal detectors to ensure the product quality
- X-ray technology
- Optical scanning (visual inspection helps detects blue metal additives in some metal detectable cleaning and food handling tools)
How Metal Detectable Products Improve Food Safety
Modern additives make plastic tools, equipment and parts magnetic and/or color code the plastic, so that it can be identified in food quality control screening. For the most successful meat contaminant detection process:
- Purchase and use metal detectable plastic cleaning tools and supplies (including protective garments, vinyl gloves, pens, and more).
- Choose metal detectable plastics that contain blue additives to raise the chances of contaminant detection during the optical inspection process. Ultra Detectable Blue acetal (UD-blue) is one such additive.
- Select metal detectable products that are also impact-resistant or resistant to wear-and-tear, to lessen the chances of particles finding their way into the food supply.
- Replace tools and equipment on schedule, as worn (or worn out) items release more contaminants and particles.
- Set up a multi-phase food inspection and detection process, which includes metal, x-ray and/or optical scans, if possible, for the most thorough process. Some, but not all, metal detectable plastics also show up under x-ray detection, and any blue dye in the additives may be detected during the optical scan.
Benefits of Meat Processing Safety and Metal Detectable Product Use
Good contaminant detection helps your company:
- Avoid costly product recalls.
- Prevent waste of food ingredients and labor on contaminated/useless products.
- Avoid damage to brand and image from negative publicity.
- Keep stock prices healthy. (Lack of public confidence can quickly lead to falling stock prices, for your company and/or the industry.)
- Prevent potential lawsuits from consumers who purchased contaminated food.
- Maintain sales volume. (Recalls make your product hard to find in stores temporarily. In that time, consumers may find another go-to product.)
- Improve your GMP (Basic Good Manufacturing Practices Program).
- Improve your HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points program).
- Prevent government sanctions for not meeting demanding government food safety regulations.
- And more