Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 34

F&B Manufacturers urged to do more to reduce risks of foreign body contamination Food and beverage (F&B) manufac- TPP-Series to the market, a range of turers are being urged to pay greater polypropylene metal detectable cable attention to reducing the risk of fo- ties to complement its existing range reign body contamination throughout of detectable ties. The MCTPP-Series production, as more high-profile cases is one of a range of products avai- come to light. lable to F&B manufacturers which help minimise the risk of foreign body The message comes from leading contamination, with other solutions cable management specialist Heller- including HellermannTyton’s me- mannTyton, at a time when there have already been serious incidents of plas- tic contamination within food in the UK since the start of the year. These include major supermarkets and food manufacturing businesses recalling products after small pieces of plastic were found within them, presenting safety risks. tal-content spiral binding, anther are not used directly as part of the product with high metal content, to food manufacturing process are still aid reliable detection with standard safeguarded. equipment. The MCTPP-Series is Richard Rands, UK Product Manager for Fastenings and Fixings at Heller- mannTyton commented: “Food and beverage manufacturers need to have procedures in place to satisfy HACCP Foreign body contamination can be an requirements. expensive issue for F&B manufactu- rers, not only forcing product recalls, “This doesn’t need to be costly for but also potential court cases since manufacturers that already use contaminated food and drink products detection systems. Starting sma- present a serious risk of possible ll with specialist detectable cable harm to the public. Longer term im- management solutions such as metal plications can be even more serious, detectable cable ties and fixings, cable with irreparable damage often being protection systems, RFID electronic caused to consumer confidence in identification and printed ID markers, a company brand, impacting future is a fast and effective way of introdu- sales and profitability. cing measures which help to prevent developed through a unique manufac- turing process, involving the inclusion of a metallic pigment, which enables even small ‘cut-off’ sections of the tie to be detected by standard metal-de- tecting equipment. Richard Rands added: “There are a wide range of products available to the F&B market which can aid with the prevention of foreign-body contamination. By adopting these where possible, manufacturers can be confident that the food products they are delivering to the market are safe, significantly reducing the risk of recalls, and protecting consumer contamination.” confidence.” risk of foreign body contamination can HellermannTyton is helping the food For further information on Heller- be reduced by using detectable cable and beverage industry reduce the risk mannTyton’s range of detectable cable management solutions which ensure of foreign body contamination and management solutions, please visit: that even plastic components that last year introduced its specialist MC- www.hellermanntyton.co.uk According to HellermannTyton, the 34 FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk