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Foreign object detection - Articles and news items

Foreign Body Detection: Transparency in the food and beverage industry

Issue 2 2016  •  26 April 2016  •  Stephanie Anthony, Commissioning Editor, New Food

Contamination can be a huge issue for food and beverage manufacturers, making foreign body detection systems extremely important – to save face and maintain customers’ trust. This year alone large companies such as Nestlé and Mars have had recalls after products were found to be/ potentially contaminated with glass pieces and plastic pieces respectively…

Detectamet opens its first international base in the US

Industry news  •  9 October 2015  •  Victoria White

The company’s new facility in Richmond, Virginia, will provide the company’s American customers with a more efficient distribution service…

Foreign body contamination and the implications for the food manufacturing sector

Issue 2 2014  •  1 May 2014  •  Duncan Goodwin, Director of Technical Services, NSF Supply Chain Assurance Division

‘Foreign body’ is a technical term which refers to any extraneous matter, whether of a physical, chemical or biological nature, found in food. Usually foreign bodies render the food unfit for human consumption. Strictly speaking, ‘physical contamination’ should refer to the addition of extraneous matter to food not directly of biological origin such as paper, paint or glass, but legally the term refers to all contamination of a non-microbial source, including human hair, parts of insects and cleaning fluids and also includes particles of the wrong food such as a butter bean found in a tin of peas. And remember, food includes beverages, bottled water and nutritional and functional products…

Foreign body complaints in the food and drink industry

Issue 2 2013  •  26 April 2013  •  Mike Edwards, Microscopy Section, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Campden BRI and EHEDG affiliate

Foreign bodies form the biggest single cause of consumer complaints received by many food and drink manufacturers, retailers and enforcement authorities. The accidental inclusion of unwanted items may sometimes occur in even the bestmanaged processes. Foreign bodies in foods are therefore quite rightly a matter of concern to all food manufacturers and retailers.

Foreign body detection and identification

Issue 2 2010  •  12 May 2010  •  Dr. Mike Edwards, Microscopy Section, Campden BRI

Consumer complaints regarding foreign bodies are a constant problem for virtually all food companies, and so their prevention and control should be high on the list for all Quality and Technical Managers. The effective management of prevention and control of foreign bodies requires attention to many parts of the business, including recruitment and training, sourcing of raw materials and packaging, factory design and the selection and installation of manufacturing equipment among others – and all this is before we have even considered items like metal detectors to detect and remove foreign bodies.

Online detection of foreign bodies in packaged foods using ultrasound

Issue 3 2009  •  10 September 2009  •  Gauri S. Mittal, Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph

The presence of foreign bodies (FBs) in processed foods is one of the major concerns of the food industry, and their detection and identification are important in quality assurance and safety. An FB is any undesirable piece of solid matter present in a food product. When foods are manufactured or packaged, small foreign objects might end up in the product. For example, in the process of packaging food in glass bottles, occasionally fragments of glass are a result of shattering and breakage of the bottle top, and they find their way into the glass containers. Contamination can also be the result of metal scarf joints that originate from production equipment.


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