Paul King, head of sales at Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray, says a single shard of glass in a product can have devastating effects.
Metal contamination in the supply chain is usually a result of tainted ingredients, or an imperfect production process. It is difficult to eliminate risk entirely. Metal detectors are an accepted element of many FDA recommended Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programmes in the food and beverage industry.
In 2016, for the fifth year in succession, Sidel has been awarded accreditation for its commitment to achieving excellence in the management of health and safety practices.
An estimated 2 000 people in Africa die from food safety-related illnesses every day, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This concerning trend was highlighted in April this year when – at a meeting hosted by the African Union in Accra, Ghana – former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor called on African leaders to champion policies that will help overcome food safety risks. Kufuor said children are particularly at risk, as one third of all deaths from food-borne diseases are in children under the age of five years.