In March this year, five consumers reported finding metal objects in ready-to-eat chicken products produced by OK foods. The company conducted an internal investigation and found that the objects came from a metal conveyor belt. A million pounds of chicken products had to be recalled.
Two months later, in May, metal objects were found in hot dogs produced by John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment. One hundred tons of hot dogs were recalled as a result.
Food recall is a manufacturer’s nightmare. In the event of a food recall, the damage done to a company’s reputation can be more harmful than the monetary losses. Unfortunately, food recall is a regular occurrence, for several reasons.
Among the causes of food recall, foreign object contamination is the third leading cause, after undeclared allergens and Listeria. One foreign object that is a headache for food manufacturers is metal because it can come from a variety of sources.
In an industry that is already faced with enormous challenges, how can you protect your brand by keeping your product safe and free from metal contamination? How strong is your metal detection system?
In today’s post, we’ll take a look at the best practices for keeping metal contaminants out of your products and how to ensure that your detection system meets industry standard.
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