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Achieve Sustainable Food Production at Every Phase
Are you looking for ways to increase sustainability at every phase of your food production process? When developing your sustainable production, it’s important to not leave any stone unturned.
Even though most of the waste in the food production environment is created during pre-production, there are still multiple other phases where food producers can improve sustainability. One of these steps is critical control points that are equipped for product safety and quality inspection. It can come as a surprise how much the correct implementation and placement of the CCPs can help to reduce the amount of waste in food production. Let us explain exactly how!
Say Yes to Less Waste and More Cost-Savings
Utilizing primary packaging X-ray inspection in your critical control points has both direct and indirect impacts on reducing waste and building a more sustainable food production process.
The direct impact means that when you implement X-ray inspection systems to inspect primary packaged products, you can reduce waste by reducing the number of false rejects and rejecting fewer products in case a contaminant or quality defect is detected. In such an event, only a single food package will be rejected from the production flow instead of a carton containing multiple products or a larger part of raw material in the bulk flow.
The indirect impact comes to play if there ever would be an unfortunate need for a product recall. The primary packaging X-ray system doesn’t only help you to locate the contaminated or otherwise defective food batch precisely and perform highly targeted recalls, but also collects data that works as proof of product safety and quality. This is achieved by the fact that you’ll have access to the actual X-ray images of each individual product that’s been shipped out. Now, you don’t have to second guess which batches weren’t defective, and only recall those that were. This enables you to save costs and more importantly, reduce waste.
According to Matti Sarala, the plant manager of Polarica, the reason they chose an X-ray system was based on their very specific needs: “Forest berries are picked close to the ground where stones are the main contaminant, and we wanted to eliminate this hazard". Sarala sums up his thoughts on Mekitec: “I would definitely recommend Mekitec’s systems to companies that supply consumer-packaged products and wish to ensure their safety.”
Supporting Your Sustainability Goals
Mekitec primary packaging X-ray inspection systems support and contribute to a more sustainable food production by providing you with the above tools to manage food waste at your critical control points. Our systems reduce food waste directly as a part of the production lines as well indirectly by offering increased traceability of the production.
Additionally, choosing to inspect primary packaged products enables the X-ray systems to be smaller in size and consume less power, making them more energy-efficient and hence contributing to the production sustainability from the energy consumption angle as well.
Set up a meeting with one of our food safety experts to discuss how we could optimize your product inspection and critical control points to ensure that your sustainability goals are met.
Learn more about primary packaging X-ray inspection
The white paper explains the basics of food safety, talks about HACCP and the importance of established Critical Control Points. It highlights the importance of understanding where the CCP should be placed in order to achieve the most accurate inspection results.
Once you are familiar with the key elements of product inspection, the white paper focuses on the following details of the inspection process:
- Operational Considerations, such as contaminant detection rate, traceability and record-keeping, additional inspection features, and wasting
- Technology Considerations, such as system size and energy usage, equipment lifecycle, and false rejection rates