Handling Bulk Foods? Inspecting Them Can Save You Money

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Courtesy of Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

A new white paper from Mettler-Toledo explains how bulk food inspection systems can protect consumers and minimise the risk of expensive product recalls by eliminating physical contaminants.

Bulk food product inspection systems are specifically designed to inspect a wide range of loose, bulk foods at various stages of the production process. Despite frequently inspecting loose product prior to packaging, product inspection systems are also used to inspect large bulk products post packaging such as sacks of dry powders.

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection's brand-new white paper entitled 'Improving Food Safety Inspection of Bulk Food Products' explains how bulk food inspection systems can help to protect the welfare of consumers and reduce the risk of costly product recalls by eliminating physical contaminants.

After exploring typical bulk food applications, the white paper reveals why food processors submit bulk foods to product inspection, before introducing metal detection and x-ray inspection and explaining how both technologies work.

Sensitivity of Contamination Detection

The white paper explores factors that affect the sensitivity of bulk product inspection equipment on food processing lines and includes key points that should be taken into account when using food inspection systems to help processors select the most appropriate system for their specific needs.

Establishing Critical Control Points

As well as offering tips on bulk food inspection systems' testing regimes, the paper reveals how metal detection and x-ray inspection systems can be installed at different locations on a production line, depending on the identified critical control point (CCP). It explains that bulk product inspection systems can be installed at the beginning of the production line, where the raw materials arrive, at an intermediate stage, or at the end of the line before products are dispatched. However, the paper informs readers that contamination detection levels are typically better in the early stages of the production process where unprocessed bulk product can be presented in a shallower depth and with a more uniform texture than in final sealed packs.

Metal Detection, X-ray Inspection or Both

Lastly, the paper helps manufacturers determine which food inspection system to install by summing up metal detection and x-ray inspection's differing capabilities. The paper reveals that in many circumstances there is only one satisfactory solution (metal detection or x-ray inspection) and in just as many others, either technology could potentially be used. It also explains that product safety and quality may well be enhanced by incorporating both product inspection systems at different CCPs on the same bulk food production line.

To download the white paper, visit: Improving Food Safety with Bulk Product Inspection.

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