In the field of food safety, physical contaminants are the first and most important issue. If metal, bone, plastic, glass fragments, or any other foreign objects enter the food supply chain, it can cause serious damage. This is the main consideration for food manufacturers and processors because they have to work hard to ensure that contamination does not occur.
And this is not just a matter of consumer health protection. Product recall due to physical contamination is also a great reputation risk. Food safety incidents will make national and international headlines, and a widely spread accident may destroy a brand in a very short time. There is also a more specific financial impact: product recalls caused by physical pollution may cost tens of millions of yuan, and if the company is found to have indeed violated health and safety regulations, it may face huge fines. In short, physical contamination in food must be avoided at all costs. However, we are still surprised to see that pollution continues to increase. Reinsurance company Swiss Re's report Global Food Safety1 shows that the number of product recalls in the United States in 2015 and the costs associated with these recalls have almost doubled since 2002.
In food recall incidents in the United States, more than half of the cost of the recall exceeded US$10 million. Some companies have lost more than $100 million in direct costs in this area. Moreover, according to a new strategic report on food recalls released by Emerald Insight2, recalls usually trigger the interlocking effect of the entire supply chain and industry ecology. The situation is similar in other major markets. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Scottish Food Standards Agency (FSS) reported that the number of food safety incidents caused by foreign matter contamination in the UK in 2016/173 increased by 7% compared to the previous year.
The increase in the frequency of such food safety incidents may be attributed to several main factors, as well as a longer supply chain, a more complex food production environment, and more reporting methods. Obviously, the increase in the number of such accidents is definitely a trend that food manufacturers and processors must reverse.
How to prevent the danger of physical contaminants in food?
With the continuous improvement of living standards, people have higher requirements for the quality and safety of food and industrial products used daily, and the country has accordingly formulated strict safety inspection regulations and regulations. In order to better meet related needs and improve the inspection level, x ray inspection equipment has also developed from the original single-view inspection technology to a new multi-view inspection technology, so as to provide more choices for customers with different needs.
Using the penetrating ability of x ray inspection equipment, from bones, plastics and other hard foreign objects to various metal foreign objects can be detected with higher sensitivity and stability, helping you to more effectively improve the quality of finished products. Not only can detect foreign objects in foods (such as various meat products, aquatic products, fruits and vegetables, additives, milk powder, chocolate, etc.), including metals, glass, ceramics, stones, bones, plastics, etc.; it can also identify product defects , Such as packaging cracks, bubbles, content defects, etc.; to achieve complete product inspection. x ray inspection equipment is widely used in food industry; pharmaceutical industry; textile industry, integrated circuit board and other industrial industries. The quality control of the food industry meets the HACCP and IFS requirements to identify product defects, such as product damage, product deformation or product missing, etc., and eliminate product quality risks.