By Robert Scott, III
When faced with product contaminant issue, x-ray inspections provide food and beverage manufacturers a cost-saving alternative to product disposal and can allow them to reclaim thousands of dollars of product, while protecting the safety of their product and their consumers.
Scott states that while many manufacturers utilize in-line automated x-ray and metal detection systems to provide frontline protection against contamination events. When these events occur smaller, yet harmful contaminants can still be present in the product that the automated system is unable to detect. “In these cases, high resolution x-ray inspection systems can be used to identify and remove products in which tiny fragments may remain allowing manufacturers to salvage the remaining non-contaminated product,” Scott explains.
Real Time x-ray inspections can identify both metallic and non-metallic contaminants such as metal, bone, stone, glass, rubber and plastics. These ultra high resolution systems can detect contaminants as small as .5 mm and in a wide variety of product packaging including cans, glass jars, foil pouches, plastic containers and bags. Dry goods, liquids, frozen items and raw products can all be safely inspected using FDA/USDA approved methods and systems. Large quantities of cased products can be inspected in a relatively short amount of time, providing a cost effective alternative to product disposal.
“Product and consumer safety is a top priority for food and beverage manufacturers and x-ray inspections help manufacturers to ensure that they are safely delivering a quality product to their customers,” says Robert Scott III, President of Total Quality Corporation, the industry’s leading provider of x-ray inspection solutions for 30 years. “X-ray inspections provide a cost-effective solution for manufacturers to protect the safety of their product and their customers, as well as the reputation of their brand,” Scott added.
X-ray inspection has proven to provide a unique, valuable service to food and beverage manufacturers by providing a cost-effective alternative to product disposal or recall,” Scott added. It is estimated that food and beverage manufacturers save millions of dollars annually as a result of x-ray inspection.