SAFE FOOD IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS: AVOID FOOD RECALLS
Implementing sorting technology can significantly reduce the risk of contamination from aflatoxins, mycotoxins and foreign material, driving up food safety on the production line and offering a smart investment for processors and manufacturers.
Delivering high quality, safe food is good for business. The reputational and financial impact of a product recall can be devastating for a company. Effective food sorting and analysis equipment have a huge role to play in consumer and brand protection so implementing these processes makes good business sense - good food safety performance protects consumers which in turn protects the corporate brand.
TOMRA Sorting Food is a leading provider of food sorting machines and processing technology for the fresh and processed food industries. The company’s focus on research and development has enabled it to develop a range of innovative sorting machines which are able to detect and remove the smallest of defects and foreign material from production lines.
TOMRA machines use a variety of sensors which go far beyond the common use of colour cameras. Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy enables an analysis of the molecular structure of a product whilst x-rays, fluorescent lighting and lasers measure the elemental composition of objects. The internal composition and surface structure of objects can also be analysed to determine good or bad produce.
BENEFITS OF FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT ARE FAR-REACHING
- Food safety
- Brand protection
- Consumer protection
- Consistently high quality products
- Maximised yield and profit
- Reduced food waste
As safety regulations and the demand for food have increased, optical and sensor-based sorting have become a requisite rather than a luxury for many producers who have previously relied upon manual sorting and inspection.
Furthermore, processors are also increasing the number and variety of sorting and analysis machines on their lines to ensure they are eliminating poor quality product and foreign material as much as possible. With millions of individual product items passing through every hour, robust systems, which can detect and remove the smallest of contaminants, are vital in managing food safety on the production line.
Read all about food safety in this thought leadership article by Ashley Hunter, Head of TOMRA Sorting Food.