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The Advantages of Adding Inspection Systems Further Up the Line

Product recalls and new demands from retailers in 2023 are impacting inspection placement in food manufacturing facilities.

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Many food manufacturers are being asked by major retailers like Costco to expand their inspection programs this year as an added layer of food safety protection.
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A common sight at the end of most food and beverage processing lines is an inspection system. Depending on the product being produced, these machines can either be X-ray or metal detection, and in some instances, a combination of both. An X-ray system detects materials like glass, bone, rubber, stone, plastic, and some metals depending on density, while a metal detection system is calibrated to identify all types of metal based on their magnetic and conductive properties.

The strategy behind placing a detection system at the end of a processing line is that once an item is packaged, no new contaminants can be introduced, so inspecting after packaging is a final safeguard before distribution to customers.

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