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Metal found in food products can be incredibly harmful and dangerous for consumers. There are many ways metal debris can somehow find its way into products. Worn or degrading equipment poses a massive threat as if any machinery disintegrates, metal particles may enter the food products. The consequences if there is metal contamination are the recall of possibly thousands of goods and a tremendous monetary loss.

Besides the financial loss, contamination is hazardous and could harm customers and consumers. This would cause a bad reputation and brand affiliation for having inadequate safety compliance.

To prevent horrendous outcomes, products must be screened with metal detectors to provide a secure operation that will improve safety.


Why are Metal Detectors Utilised in the Food Industry?

Metal detectors may not seem like an integral part of a production line, but they play a necessary role. No matter how much care is taken, there is an astonishing amount of ways metal can end up in goods along the route.

Food production equipment and machinery can wear down, and small particles from these machines can enter products along the production line. There is also a chance that random objects such as nails, screws, metal shards, staples, and other metal containments enter the manufacturing chain. Human error can occur where workers could unintentionally lose a personal item like jewellery or hair clips while executing their responsibilities.

Metal Detectors function using a scanner that is connected to a high-frequency radio transmitter. Transmitter and receiver coils pick up a disturbance in the high-frequency field when metal is present. Control electronics read the signal, and then the data is interfaced to a food safety professional.


3 Reasons to include a Metal Detector in a Food Production or Manufacturing Line.

  1. Processing equipment and machinery can degrade over time, and natural wear-and-tear can occur. This can mean that there are metal particles in products that should not be there. Quality checks by workers can’t pick up any contaminants as the metal fragments can be tiny. Metal detectors will extensively reduce the chances of metal debris in goods, which means consumers are safe from harmful contaminants.
  2. If metal contaminants are found in products, it is an indication that there is a problem with equipment and processing gear. This warning can help distinguish what machinery is not operating correctly. Foresight can save a company a lot of money because adjustments can be made. Machines can be fixed before they break, which would cause more expensive issues.
  3. Metal detectors are ideal for saving time on quality-assurance processes. Metal detection equipment set up to be automatic will reduce the need for time-consuming manual quality checks. Worker’s time is better spent managing operations, and metal detectors can focus on product inspection.

Metal detectors will ensure that the quality of food products is not compromised and is safe for all consumers.

If you would like more information on metal detector systems from J-Pak, you can contact us via one of our expert consultants or head to We would be happy to assist!


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