One Step Ahead of Food Safety Trends
Check out the four main food safety trends and how you can stay one step ahead.
#1 Increased Detection Sensitivity
Trend: Key trends affecting the global food packaging market this year are focused on environmental issues and consumer experience . This means new product combinations packaged in sustainable, versatile and attractive packs – all achieved within tight profit margins. The pressures on food manufacturers to accommodate these include more product changeovers and faster line speeds. With food safety a priority, the necessity to protect brand owners from the repercussions of a highly publicized product recall is more essential than ever. Otherwise consumers will swiftly pledge allegiance to a more reputable brand.
One Step Ahead: Food manufacturers will need to detect smaller, hard-to-find contaminants in all shapes and sizes at high throughput rates, within a range of packaging types and formats. Today’s product inspection technologies are ultra-sensitive to meet this trend across a range of applications, packaging and at extremely high line speeds.
Trend: Automation is a business enabler: short-term it may be expensive but long-term it can increase production efficiencies and reduce operational costs. The industry is experiencing automation on a huge scale including fully automated production facilities.
One Step Ahead: Automating the set-up procedures of detection systems removes the possibility of human errors thereby ensuring that the inspection of different product lines is set-up correctly. Detection sensitivities are maximized to consistently achieve reliable product safety. Removing programming errors will also increase uptime plus automation reduces operator training time and associated costs.
#3 Reducing Food Waste
Trend: There is huge pressure on governments, manufacturers and retailers to significantly reduce global food and product waste. Approximately one third of the food produced every year is lost or wasted. The US World Food Program estimate that if all the wasted food were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world. Every individual and company within the food supply chain has a part to play.
One Step Ahead: Product inspection technologies which utilize intelligent software algorithms further enhance detection sensitivity. This ensures that only bad products are rejected. By minimizing the false reject rate, it means that no good product is wasted whilst bad product may be able to be reworked. Technology advancements not only help to reduce food waste but also increase profitability for the manufacturer and brand owner.
Trend: Information is power; however, it is only useful if you can read it correctly and compare it. Through utilizing more intelligent software, food manufacturers can convert monitoring information into a useable format to improve operational efficiencies and save costs.
One Step Ahead: Product inspection technologies now offer full monitoring, data acquisition and retrieval option plus automation. Connecting multiple production lines across a secure network infrastructure further enhances digitization capabilities to streamline operations, including quality assurance procedures. Taking advantage of the benefits that digitization brings helps further improve food safety and prove due diligence.
We are living in a society where technology will continue to shape future food safety trends. For information about the technologies which can help you ensure food safety, please download our free white paper.
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