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Detectamet Ltd

Unit 55, Halifax Way

Pocklington

York

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Why Choose Detectamet Food Safe Metal Detectable Products?


 
 

Food Safe Detectable Products. Within the food and pharmaceutical industries there is an ever-present risk of contamination that, if undetected, can result in damage to equipment, costs incurred through product recalls, harm to the company's reputation and, in the worst case, serious injury to somebody inadvertently consuming the contaminant. A relatively straightforward measure that can be taken is to use only metal implements - such as spatulas, scoops and scrapers - and install an inline metal detection system that can detect any metallic contamination of the product and automatically reject it.


However, there are drawbacks with this approach. For instance, metal implements are costly, especially if manufactured from stainless steel, they can be heavy, and the geometries that can be created at a reasonable cost are somewhat limited. In some cases, therefore, plastic implements are used, with the polymer grade selected so as to minimise the chance of breakage. Nevertheless, using plastic implements carries with it a risk that small fragments could contaminate the product and remain undetected.


EU hygiene legislation which took effect on 1 January 2006, with the primary objective being to optimise public health protection by improving and modernising the existing EU legislation. The new legislation maintains, and sets out more clearly, the duty of food business operators to produce food safely. This is a requirement that is contained in current legislation and is underpinned in general food law. Requirements for food business operators are laid down in the new EU Regulation 852/2004.


It is intended that the more risk-based and flexible procedures will better match the needs of individual businesses and enforcement agencies. This will be facilitated by the introduction of food safety management procedures based on the application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles. HACCP-based principles are widely regarded throughout the EU and in most developed countries as crucial to the management of food safety and, in turn, consumer protection. On 1 January 2006 it became a legal requirement for all food businesses (except primary producers) to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles.


These principles prescribe a certain number of requirements that must be met throughout the cycle of production, processing and distribution in order to permit, via hazard analysis, identification of the critical points that need to be kept under control in order to guarantee food safety: identify any hazards that must be prevented, eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels; identify the critical control points at the step or steps at which control is essential; establish critical limits beyond which intervention is necessary; establish and implement effective monitoring procedures at critical control points; establish corrective actions when monitoring indicates that a critical control point is not under control; implement own-check procedures to verify whether the measures adopted are working effectively; and keep records to demonstrate the effective application of these measures and to facilitate official controls by the competent authority.

 

Consumer complaints are a constant problem for most food companies and so prevention and control should be high on the list of priorities for Quality & Technical Managers. 

 

Management and control of foreign bodies require attention to many areas of the business. Areas including, recruiting and staff training, source of raw materials, packaging, factory design, manufacturing equipment etc.

 

A relatively straightforward measure that can be taken is to use only  metal implements - such as spatulas, scoops and scrapers - and install  an inline metal detection system that can detect any metallic  contamination of the product and automatically reject it.

 

The law states that " Food fails to comply with food safety requirements if :  it is unsafe for human consumption or it is so contaminated (whether by extraneous or otherwise) that is would not be reasonable to expect it to be used for human consumption in that state" Section 8 (2) (B & C) of the Food Safety Act 1990.

 

The law allows defences for all reasonable precautions and all due diligence when a company may be faced with a prosecution for a foreign body complaint.

 

In order to demonstrate that you have taken all reasonable against a foreign body getting into your products and showing that you have used all due diligence, a 6 point plan may be used.

 

Part 1 & 3 of this plan can be used in conjunction with the implementation of Detectamet products into your factory.

 

 

1) CONSIDER THE HAZARDS - WHAT FOREIGN BODIES MAY BE IDENTIFIED AS POTENTIAL HAZARD TO YOUR PRODUCT - IF THEY ARE VITAL FOR THE PRODUCTION OF YOUR PRODUCT / OR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STAFF THEN CHANGE TO DETECTAMET PRODUCT RANGE FOR ITEMS SUCH AS GLOVES, PENS , EARPLUGS, SCOOPS ETC ETC

 

2) JUDGE THE CONCERNS

 

3) SELECT AND INSTALL SUITABLE CONTROLS - (METAL DETECTORS, MAGNETS, SIEVES, DETECTAMET PRODUCTS)

 

4) INTEGRATE THE CONTROLS INTO A WHOLE PLAN

 

5) SET UP REVIEW SYSTEM AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN

 

6) MAINTAIN FULL RECORDS

  

 

Detectable plastic

 

A novel material has recently been developed that could help food and  pharmaceutical manufacturers comply with the new Regulations and, more  importantly, give them the opportunity to use cost-effective,  functional, ergonomic plastic implements that are approved for  food-contact use. A key feature of products manufactured from this  material is that fragments are detected and rejected by standard  in-process metal detection equipment.

 

Known as Detectamet, these products are  injection moulded a specially formulated, non-toxic, non-fibrous grade  of polypropylene that has a metal-based additive so that fragments as  small as a 2mm cube (weighing 0.01 g) can be detected and rejected,  depending on the metal detection equipment used and its operating  parameters. Moreover, the high-impact material is described as  'shatterproof and virtually unbreakable', which, in itself, helps to  reduce the risk of any fragments entering the food or pharmaceutical  product, and the finished articles are approved for direct food contact  under EU Directive 90/128/EEC rules from the FDA (the USA Food and Drug  Administration). Detectamet products are available in red, green and

yellow in addition to the standard blue.

 

The most popular product developed so far is Detectamet pens. These are  available as a stick design or retractable, with a choice of four  colours for the pen and three colours of ink. Clips are reinforced to  reduce the chance of them becoming detached, and the stick pen can be  supplied without a clip if preferred.

 

Numerous other Detectamet products have also been developed, usually in  conjunction with a customer following a specific request. Examples of  Detectamet products include a stylus for use with PDAs (personal  digital assistants), scoops, scrapers, stirrers, shovels, buckets,  cutters, knives, cups, clipboards, sticking plasters (dressings),  earplugs and vinyl gloves. For machinery and process applications,  there are Detectamet rubber sheeting, rubber extrusions, O-ring seals,  belting, suction cups, retaining clips and cable ties. In addition,  test sticks, pucks and balls are available for verifying the correct  operation of metal detectors.