Kiss Goodbye to Food Recalls!
From yoghurts to profiteroles and tinned pasta to sausages, we’ve seen a startling number of high-profile examples of foreign bodies causing food recalls in the UK over the last month.
On 4th August 2016, Bakkavor voluntarily recalled some its chocolate éclairs and profiteroles amid concerns they might contain small pieces of metal. For more details visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15386/bakkavor-recalls-chilled-dessert-products-because-they-may-contain-small-metal-pieces.
Two days previously, Clayton Park Bakery recalled some of its sausage rolls over fears they may be contaminated with plastic. For more details visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15381/clayton-park-bakery-recalls-sausage-roll-products.
On 31st July 2016, a number of UK supermarkets recalled their own-branded chilled yoghurt products, supplied by Yeo Valley, after it was thought a number of products may have been contaminated with small pieces of rubber during production. For more details visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15375/yeo-valley-recalls-chilled-yoghurt-products.
On 26th July 2016, Mattessons took the precautionary step of recalling some of its
Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products due to the possibility of plastic contamination. For more details visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15359/mattessons-recalls-certain-batches-of-its-roast-chicken-flavour-fridge-raider-products-due-to-the-possibility-of-plastic-contamination.
On 12th July, Sainsbury’s and Tesco recalled some of their canned pasta products after it was believed they may contain pieces of rubber. For more details visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15304/sainsburys-and-tesco-recall-canned-pasta-products.
As well as having a significant financial impact, product recalls can result in loss of business contracts, negative publicity and a slump in consumer confidence. According to research by AMR, around 57% of consumers will stop buying an affected product for at least a year1.
Reduce Your Recall Risk with Product Inspection Equipment
Physical contamination is a major cause of food recalls, and the inclusion of foreign bodies in products can occur at multiple points throughout the supply chain.
Good quality control checks are crucial to reduce the likelihood of a recall and inline product inspection technology is the only viable solution to detect and reject products containing physical contaminants. Once a product safety risk is identified, checks should be conducted at what is known as a critical control point (CCP) – a point where inspection technology is installed.
Metal detectors are ideal for detecting metal contaminants only, and are capable of finding ferrous, non-ferrous and even stainless steel in all food products, even those with high moisture contents.
Another way to safeguard against the risk of foreign body contamination is to install x-ray inspection equipment. X-ray systems provide unparalleled detection of a wide variety of contaminants, including metal, glass, mineral stone, calcified bone and high-density plastics and rubber. Modern systems are capable of detecting even the smallest of physical contaminants in both unpackaged and packaged products.
Installing effective product inspection technology is the only way manufacturers can ensure contaminant-free products are dispatched from their premises, thus minimising the risk of recalls.