Common Food Processing Questions & Answers
On this page, you can find answers to the following frequently answered questions:
- Why should I use food X-Ray inspection technology?
- How safe is food X-Ray inspection?
- What methods are used to measure chemical lean?
- What is Eagle food X-Ray inspection equipment?
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Why should I use food X-Ray inspection technology?
As technology advances, X-Ray inspection machines are becoming increasingly popular. But what is it that makes this equipment superior to metal detection?
Here are 7 key reasons why you should choose food X-Ray inspection technology over metal detection:
- X-Ray is able to detect contaminants by “seeing through” metalised film or foil packages
- X-Ray machines can detect small pieces of many types of metal; and other foreign object types
- X-Ray allows you to set up/test new products in minutes utilising an intuitive, graphical interface
- The new generation of Eagle X-Ray inspection technology provides detailed production statistics
- X-Ray systems are as safe to use as metal detectors
- X-Ray systems have come down in price over the past 5 years and are now competitively priced against metal detectors
- With X-Ray technology there’s no need to worry about metal-free zones, ground loops, vibration or strange electromagnetic interference effects
How safe is food X-Ray inspection?
Food X-Ray inspection systems are a valuable tool for food manufacturers as they help ensure product safety. They provide unrivalled accuracy when it comes to foreign body detection, while simultaneously being capable of measuring mass, inspecting seal integrity and counting components.
Despite the proven benefits of food X-Ray technology, some food processors still believe X-Ray inspection exposes their staff to hazardous amounts of radiation and could potentially force consumers to switch to brands without X-Ray technology. However, the X-Ray dose used for inspection purposes is actually significantly lower than that used for food irradiation and does not affect the safety, quality or nutritional value of foods, according to the World Health Organisation.
X-Ray inspection has been used in the food industry for more than 20 years, and under normal circumstances, the level of radiation that an operator in direct contact with an X-Ray system will receive is less than that received in a year from natural background radiation; the radiation that we are exposed to as part of our daily lives.
For more information on how safe is food X-Ray inspection, watch this video.
What methods are used to measure chemical lean?
Chemical Lean (CL) calculation is the amount of lean red meat compared to the amount of fat in a sample of meat.
There are a variety of different sampling and testing methods used across the meat industry to determine this ratio, such as the Soxhlet method, Anyl-Ray & NIR/NIT methods, but none of these are as efficient or effective as Eagle’s Fat Analysis equipment.
Soxhlet is the most commonly used method, but his method is an off-line test on a small sample, it is not nearly as comprehensive as using one of Eagle’s state of the art X-Ray food inspection systems.
According to Aus Meat Ltd – the group responsible for establishing and maintaining national industry standards for meat production and processing – there are 10 accredited methods for measuring chemical lean:
- Soxhlet – Ether extraction method
- Babcock – Acid digestion method
- Foss-let – Specific gravity of extract method
- Anyl-Ray – X-Ray absorption method
- Microwave – Moisture determination
- MQ27 – Chemical Lean Meat Analyser
- FOSS MeatMaster™ X-Ray CL Analyser
- Foss FoodScan™ NIR CL System
- CEM Smart Trac – Fat & Moisture Analyser
- Smiths Detection Eagle™ Carton FA
Eagle’s Fat Analysis Systems are the ideal tool for inspection of meat for chemical lean determination.
What is Eagle X-Ray food inspection equipment?
Eagle designs and manufacturers high-end X-Ray inspection equipment for food product manufacturers and retailers. Food and beverage manufacturers worldwide have come to rely on Eagle’s food inspection equipment to protect the welfare of their consumers.
All of Eagle’s food inspection equipment is especially designed to detect physical contaminants within packaged and unpackaged foods. Their high-quality control inspection equipment gives food manufacturers and retailers the assurance that Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles are met.
These world class food X-Ray inspection systems offer a cost-effective means of avoiding customer complaints. So if you’re looking to safeguard your brand, minimise risk, avoid product recalls and meet HACCP compliance, Eagle’s food inspection equipment is exactly what you need.
Their X-Ray inspection machines offer safety and quality assurance at every stage of the production process. This allows manufacturers to simultaneously enhance their productivity by inspecting products for a range of quality control checks, including: measuring gross and zoned mass; counting components; identifying missing or broken products; monitoring overall and zoned fill levels for portion control to protect profitability; inspecting seal integrity and checking for damaged products and packaging for complete product integrity.
Eagle’s food safety technology offers robust and reliable food inspection services, and are available in a range of different makes, models, and sizes.