Handling Bulk Foods? Inspecting Them Can Save You Money

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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.

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New white paper from METTLER TOLEDO, "Improving Food Safety Inspection of Bulk Food Products."

the paper helps manufacturers determine which food inspection system to install by summing up metal detection and x-ray inspection's differing capabilities.

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: http://glo.mt.com/global/en/home/supportive_content/White_Papers/product-organizations/pi/bulk-x-ray-inspection.html?cmp=af_GLO_EPR_IND_WHP_BulkProductInspection_20160112
About Mettler-Toledo Safeline
Mettler-Toledo Safeline is the world’s leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, CI-Vision and Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE), Mettler-Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.

For more information on x-ray inspection technology, call Daniela Verhaeg, Marketing Manager SBU X-ray Inspection, Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray on +44 (0)1763 25 7900 or email daniela.verhaeg(at)mt(dot)com.

For general information on Mettler-Toledo Safeline, visit: http://www.mt.com.

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