Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 13 2017 - Page 43

Fortress Technology For more infomation please visit our website In the raw ingredient phase, food is abrasive peeling to remove fibrous stringent retailer Codes of Practice exposed to different processes - from skin, coring, trimming and cutting. when its product range takes off. slicing meat, filleting fish, grinding Some products are then passed spice or mixing dry and wet baking through a vibrating screen to sort ingredients. Later down the line, SMEs produce by size. Before the packing may be cutting salads, vegetables can commence, there’s often another and meats for appetising lunchtime wash cycle, sometimes several in the kits, preparing nutrient rich soups, case of leafy greens. or cooking and mixing new office breakfast staples like Bircher muesli and fruit compotes - again introducing a possible metal contaminant into the food supply chain. All of these processes and exposure to timesaving preparation equipment increases the risk of tiny fragments entering the production chain. Cost of equipment is naturally a big factor for SMEs, especially during the early business years. X-ray - the other food inspection alternative - is generally far more expensive than even the newest metal detector. The running costs are also much higher. Typically, an SME can expect to pay in the region of £4,000 to £18,000 for a metal detector. This depends on the size and complexity of Another good example of how metal fragments can be introduced to products is in the preparation of side Installing a metal detection system is the first line of defence. Even if inspecting for metal contaminants salads and fresh cut produce. isn’t a retailer requirement now, SMEs The cycle can involve preliminary early stage will be ready to expand washing, often in a metal drum, and meet the demands of the more the application. But when compared to around £35,000 to £40,000 to install x-ray, it’s quite a price difference. that start to institute systems at the FDPP - 43