To mark the start of the summer grilling season, we are taking a look at recent cases where there has been an issue with food safety with specific reference to metal contamination.
Metal contamination is commonly found in foods as they are being processed. Metal can be introduced at a number of stages including:
• Originating in the raw food product prior to arrival at the processing plant;
• During transportation of the foodstuffs to the processing plant;
• In the process from process machinery wear or failure;
• Accidentally by workers or during maintenance;
In the vast majority of food processing plants, there will be a series of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detector to remove and identify any metal contamination prior to the finished food product leaving the factory.
However, if the Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector is not operating to the optimum efficiency, or if there are no systems to remove metal installed, then metal end up in the food product being purchased by the consumer.
Recent Metal Found In Food Cases
These are some recent cases where metal has been found in food.