Metal detector verification is absolutely vital in order to ensure that your company is adhering to food safety standards and that your products are free from any contaminants. When you consider the impact of contaminated product on your customer, and how much even a single recall caused by contamination can cost your company in terms of money, time and public relations damage, it is easy to see why maintaining the highest safety standards is so important.
According to HACCP requirements, all food manufacturers must employ a series of metal detectors at various points along the production line to ensure that potential contaminants are detected and removed as early as possible. As it is not unusual for metal detectors to break down over time or lose their calibration, it is also essential to regularly test all detectors to determine whether they are functioning properly.
The HACCP requirements not only govern the use of metal detectors, they also contain specific guidelines for metal detector verification. Verification involves regular testing of all equipment to ensure that automatic rejection of contaminated products is occurring. If metal detectors are operating correctly, they should detect the presence of specially designed test pieces and remove them from the production line.
Metal detectors can be placed toward the beginning of the production line to test incoming ingredients, throughout the line to test the product as it is handled and toward the end of the line, after the product has been packaged. By performing tests at each of these steps, the overall quality of the final product can be verified and any potential risks minimized.
The validity of any test results is dependent on a number of factors, including the careful calibration (to your product) of all metal detectors and the quality of the test pieces used. Test pieces come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any particular product. For proper metal detector verification, you should use pieces that can be easily incorporated into your product and will fit the aperture of your detector.
Verification also depends on the regularity of testing. All metal detectors should be tested at the beginning of each shift and each time there is a change of products. Ideally, the intervals between tests should be short enough that if an error occurs or a contamination is found, it can be corrected quickly and potentially affected products can be recalled before leaving the facility.
Proper metal detector verification requires the use of test pieces in various compositions, including ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel. Regal Packaging Services, Inc. provides high quality test pieces in all of these materials designed to fit each customer’s individual needs. We offer cards, sticks, rods, pipes and other unique shapes and certify each individual test piece to ensure durability.
When it comes to your products, safety is key and that’s why regular metal detector verification should be a vital part of your company’s practices. With test pieces from Regal Packaging you can breathe easier knowing that you are doing everything you can to verify the proper function of your metal detectors. That kind of confidence is hard to come by, but Regal Packaging can make it a reality for you and your customers.