To reach their targets – including product specification as well as budgets and profits – meat operations are utilizing advanced x-ray technologies that inspect for contaminants in the earliest stages of production and determine if products regularly meet specifications. Such systems also solve problems by helping identify the reasons for rejections and inconsistencies and providing feedback for improvements.
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Consumers are driving changes in packaging, whether based on their interest in more sustainable options, demand for different sizes and formats to fit their needs or other reasons. Looking ahead, one can expect additional disruptions in traditional product development and packaging, which will impact all facets of production, including the inspection of items for safety and quality purposes. Advanced x-ray systems are keeping up with, and in some cases ahead of such changes, with features reflecting current market trends and future directions.
Food quality management is a customer-driven system that encompasses food quality assurance and food quality control, among other elements. Manufacturers use quality management systems in the food industry to provide products that are as free as possible from flaws, to meet rigorous standards required by regulations, their own objectives, and that are made efficiently and consistently. Advanced x-ray inspection technologies are tools that can be utilized for both quality control and quality assurance purposes, to different ends but for the shared food quality management goals of producing goods to satisfy end user demands and protect a company’s brand.
Food manufacturers across the globe have been relying on x-ray technology since the early 1990s to protect consumers, reduce the risk of product recalls and safeguard their brands. But what exactly is x-ray inspection and how does it work?
Staying up to speed on the latest food safety and quality standards is important, even if sometimes complex and time-consuming. As they work to stay compliant with global and domestic standards, manufacturers can take advantage of the many benefits of inspection technologies to enhance and optimize their production process while preventing potential hazards and assuring quality and consistency. These technologies may prove as the difference between compliance and incompliance, or simply the difference between producing a safe product or a dangerous hazard for public consumption.
X-ray product inspection machines have evolved greatly over the years. Modern x-ray machines can detect a wide range of contaminants based on their density or chemical makeup. Additionally, x-ray inspection machines can check package weight, seals and fill level to make sure the package is ready for distribution.
Odds are that if you work in the food industry, you’ve heard of x-ray product inspection technology before. This technology has been used to help increase food safety and quality since the early 90s.
Ever-increasing consumer and regulatory demands have led to the increased pressure on food manufacturers to implement methods of food inspection that are reliable to ensure product quality and safety. X-ray inspection helps in detecting physical contaminants and in studying internal food structures for quality purposes.
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In January of 2015, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) updated its Global Standard for Food Safety. This new standard, also known as issue 7, effectively replaced the old Issue 6 standard in July of 2015.
Traceability is a major concern for food producers. Being able to track a contaminated package back to its point of origin is vital for minimizing future contamination risks and for narrowing down product recalls.