Trends, technologies and examples of checkweighing, X-ray and other inspection methods.
by Rick Lingle
Package inspection, whether done manually or automatically,
has long been a critical part of production operations for food and beverages.
That has never been more true than today with the ramifications related to the
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of January 4, 2011, that directly impacts
“In the past, sensitivity of the inspection device was the
biggest concern,” says Robert Rogers, senior advisor for food safety and
regulation,Mettler Toledo(www.mt.com). “But due to new safety regulations and
the implementation of the FSMA, there has been a shift towards compliance and
documentation. Providing inspection systems that assist manufacturers in
meeting these expectations is where much of the attention is focused today.
Manufacturers are no longer simply installing inspection equipment; that
equipment must now be a component of a complete foreign body prevention
program. The inspection equipment must be properly installed, validated and
continuously monitored – all with proper documentation and record keeping.”
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