Food Inspection Systems

Industrial checkweighers

Each year roughly one out of six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases. Safety is a major concern for packaged foods. Food Inspection systems are in place to ensure there are no hazards in the products. Packaging materials offer industry leading quality at a substantial cost savings. For example, x ray Inspection is used to find small poultry bones that may choke someone.

Wary shoppers or 52% of people around the world make purchase decisions partially due to packaging that shows a brand making a positive social and environmental impact. Vacuum sealers preserve food three to five times longer than food stored in plastic bags or containers. Food inspection systems also include cold temperatures to keep harmful bacteria from growing and multiplying. The require that refrigerators should be set no higher than 40F and freezers set at 0F.

Food Inspection systems have been developed to ensure the safety of the customer. In a typical metal detector application with a wet or conductive product where 2.5 to 3.5 mm stainless steel can be detected, x-ray frequently can detect 1.5 mm or less thus improving food safety and brand protection.There are three main groups of metallic contaminants that a food metal detector can sense: ferrous, non ferrous, and stainless steel detection.

Packaging experts estimate that each pound of plastic packaging can reduce food waste by up to 1.7 pounds. Just two pounds of plastic can deliver 1,300 ounces?roughly 10 gallons?of a beverage such as juice, soda or water. You’d need three pounds of aluminum to bring home the same amount of product, eight pounds of steel or over 40 pounds of glass. Since 1977, the two liter plastic soft drink bottle has gone from weighing 68 grams to just 47 grams today, representing a 31% reduction per bottle. That has saved more than 180 million pounds of packaging in 2006 for just two liter soft drink bottles.

Roughly 60% of the U.S. population or about 148 million people have access to a plastics recycling program. This potentially makes materials for packaging less expensive and more economical for the public. Savvy shoppers will look for recycling signs on packaging. Modern food inspector tools makes the world a safer place for those who buy packaged food. Food sealing machines have become very important to consumers. They also feel safer knowing that their food has passed a food x-ray machine before hitting the shelf.

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?
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