Non-destructive testing is designed to help manufacturers and food processors increase safety and reduce the cost of waste and time.
While you typically only hear about the recall of products from large brand names like Nestle, Mattel-Hasbro, Ford, and others, there are literally all types of recalls and double inspections happening in every vertical imaginable.
In the food processing sector only the following bodies of government keep daily updates on recalls:
|Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FSIS issues recalls on meat, poultry, and egg products.|
|U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA issues recalls on other food as well as pet food and animal feed.|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)|
|U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)|
To better understand what types of recalls and classification are monitored by the government let’s take a deep look at the FSIS.
You will see reasons for a recall can relate to the following causes:
- Misbranded products
- Lack of regulated information
- Biological Contaminants
- Foreign Material / Matter Contamination
Of this four main issues, CXR Company helps manufacturers and food processors solve Foreign Material / Matter Contamination challenges they face via use of 2 dimensional / 2D x-ray machines known as Accuvue X-ray Inspection Equipment / Systems.
Non-Destructive Testing For Foreign Matter
In the compiled image above Pilgrim’s Pride Co. had an on-going issue.
From the looks of the USDA site, they first reported a “possible foreign matter contamination” on the 7th of April, 2016.
Most likely, they did not want to waste good product, so they ran “work in progress” [WIP] or finished goods though non-destructive testing using one of a variety of methods depending on
what they believe the “POSSIBLE” problem could be.
For example, if they were looking for a missing screw from some machinery, then they wound keep searching until the screw is found.
If the screw is not found, they may as a precautionary measure extend their search for the missing screw on future production runs or WIP — just in case the screw is stuck somewhere else along the assembly / processing line and decides to come free at a later time.
For another example of how X-Ray Inspection Service serves as an alternative to product disposal
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