Detectamet’s All Stainless Steel Knife Raises Hygiene Standards

Detectamet is now offering a new retractable 100% stainless steel knife that is ideal for process areas where high hygiene standards are essential. This NSF© Certified Safety Knife uses an open-channel design for enhanced hygiene achieved by easy access for cleaning and draining. A self-retracting blade combined with a slip resistant handle optimizes worker safety.

Contamination risks are reduced when using this all steel metal detectable product and the blades can be replaced easily without the need to use a separate tool. The knife has a lanyard attachment point and is ideal for cutting through light to heavy duty materials such as: Cardboard, Plastic Bags and Pouches, Stretch Wrap, Film, Foil and Plastic Strapping.

The sturdy steel construction offers a long life of safe use

New One Piece Fine Marker Reduces Food Contamination Risks

Detectamet’s new Fine Tip Marker Pens halve the chances of food contamination. They retract the nib to reduce ink drying and there is no loose cap to be lost in the food being processed. Made from detectable plastics that can be identified and rejected by standard automated inspection systems this retractable pen offers double protection to food processing businesses.

The design is based on the same world patented housing design of Detectamet’s popular broad tip Retractable Marker. A unique clam shell opens to expose the fibre nib to write. With one more click the tip is safely retracted and sealed to avoid drying ink.

This design helps to solve the challenge of physical contamination in food and drink processing where plastic contamination can trigger expensive product recalls.

It is proven to be robust, non-toxic and detectable by metal detection and X-ray inspection systems. The ink can write on a wide range of materials including board, metal, plastic paper and glass. The marker is made in Detectamet’s food contrasting blue plastic with a choice of four permanent inks – red, blue, green or black.

“Many of the users of our popular dual detectable marker pens have asked us if we can supply fine tip markers for writing on things like our detectable keyhole tags” said Leo Wild Detectamet’s Sales Manager

“One customer told me she liked the way our markers could write on most surfaces ‘when Detectamet says it’s permanent it really is.’ was how she put it”

Detectamet Reduces Food Contamination Risks with New Cover for Big Food Storage Bins

The new metal detectable Big Bin Cover from Detectamet can protect harvested crops, in-process food and ingredients in large bins. These big detectable multi-covers will stretch over dimensions from 60cm x 50cm (24”x 20”) up to 2.2m x 1.75 m (86” x 68”).

For several years Detectamet has successfully sold its range of detectable Eurobin covers and the opening of Detectamet Inc in the USA has stimulated a wider range of new similar products.

“The world needs bigger and better detectable bin covers for food process protection. “ says  Detectamet’s Sales Manager Leo Wild “We applied our Eurobin experience to make a bigger cover and research has already revealed that there will be many more uses.”

These big covers protect the food in larger bins and can protect ‘just cleaned’ bins leaving the cleaning machines, and fixed machinery during cleaning or maintenance. If it accidentally drops into the process, pieces can be found by standard metal detectors.

Priced as disposable the detectable polythene covers are strong, resilient and food safe, and could be cleaned and sterilised for re-use. Blue is the standard colour with 9 alternative colours and alternative sizes available subject to quantity. They are supplied 6 bags to a box and 5 covers per bag.

Plastic In Food Triggers More Recalls

The recall of food containing plastic contamination has shown a 32% increase since 2016 according to recent studies of official reports. When excluding recently added sources the increase on a like for like basis is 21%.

The reports covering North America, Europe and Australasia indicated a rise of +37% across the EU and a 10% increase in North America.

When the recorded events are analysed the most significant food sectors are the Meat and Meat Products sector which matches the Grain, Cereals and bakery products sector at 14% of the total

The significant change from 2016 is that recalls of Meat and Meat Products has seen a threefold increase, but on the other hand the Poultry meat & poultry meat products sector has seen a 20% decline similar to the dairy sector.

To identify sources is still challenging because it is still common practice to describe the contaminants generically as “plastic pieces or fragments (of a given color and texture).”

There are an increasing number of more detailed descriptions identifying probable sources.

For example there were four cases where process tools and equipment were identified including plastic moulds and blending paddles. Raw materials were identified as the source of three recalls involving plastic pieces mixed in with potatoes that were processed with the finished product, plastic granules mixed with grain and some casing that held bulk sausage meat that ended up in the packaged product. Personal protective equipment accounted for over 10% of the identified sources and included a plastic hairpin and blue pieces of a pair of safety goggles.

The oddballs involved an in-process small temp monitor that appeared in a smoothie, and some sharp white plastic pieces that migrated into confectionery and were thought to be pieces of lollipop sticks used to make another product in the factory.

The biggest identified source was packaging and this represented almost half of the identified sources and about 10% of the total.

The prize find was a broken piece of a plastic pen in some chicken nuggets out of Canada that were recalled “in case there were more”. Needless to say these ‘finds’ were not made of detectable plastic .

A New Sales Manager at Detectamet Ltd

Detectamet is delighted to announce that a new Sales Manager, Leo Wild, has joined the business to expand the sales and distribution of the company’s world-famous metal and X-ray detectable plastic equipment and materials.

Detectamet Sales Manager Leo, a graduate from Leeds University, has a proven track record in selling technology based products and services. “I am looking forward to working with food and pharmaceutical producers and offering a consultative approach to solving their consumer safety challenges.”

His role will encompass distributors and end users in the UK and Europe where Leo intends to expand the company’s support and customer services.

“The Detectamet sales team is working with me to grow our European customer base and take advantage of the developments of our internal systems and processes” said Leo.

The company’s extensive portfolio of detectable products can raise the level of protection from contaminated products entering the market and Leo is looking forward to discussing their potential.

Leo who recently got married is based locally and enjoys climbing, motor sport and ice hockey. “I am not sure how much spare time I will have in the future as I am currently arranging site visits to see existing and new customers around the UK and Europe.”

Five New Detectable Safety Knives added to Detectamet’s range

It is axiomatic that using the right tool for the job is a basic requirement for efficiency and safety in the workplace. Over the past three months Detectamet has introduced five new safety knife designs to its range of eighteen safety knife products that incorporate its unique detectable plastic.

Detectamet detectable plastic can be identified in food by metal detectors and X-ray inspection systems that reject the food before it is sent to customers and reduces the risk of expensive recalls.

“We have had reports from customers that the opening of packs and sacks of ingredients can be a serious source of plastic contamination” said Jon Ireland, Detectamet’s International Sales Director. “This can occur when the wrong knife is used for a particular job, or the right knife is used but used incorrectly”.

The new designs cover several tasks. One is a simple ring mounted twine cutter that fits on the index finger and yet allows the hand to be free to lift and position the boxes, bales or sacks being handled and opened.

There is a multi-task cutter that can make work trouble free when used to cut through cardboard, pallet wrap, tape and sealed bags. Then a third knife is a simple beaked paper cutter and envelope slitter that like the previous two are designed to be disposable to avoid the safety risks when replacing blades.

A fourth detectable disposable knife called the Crab offers an ambidextrous cutting option. Two beaks face each other to direct the target material onto a left or right facing blade edge.

There is also a new knife that features a spring loaded blade retraction mechanism when the cut is complete. The detectable plastic mechanism includes an easy blade replacement function and sits securely within the stainless steel outer body.

All of the safety knives have been made using Detectamet’s blue detectable plastic for better visibility and reduced risk of recall of food. The Crab shaped knife is also available in Detectable red, green and yellow plastic to offer alternative colours to use within a HACCP coded working environment.

Detectamet’s new eight page Safety Knife Guide helps its customers to choose the right knife for the job and provides advice for their safe use.  Email sales@detectamet.com for a free copy.

Detectable Apron, Sleeve Cover & Smock – Tough Protective Clothing

Detectamet has introduced three new personal protective products that are not only metal and X-ray detectable but they are also made for repeated use to increase value for money and environmental impact. They include aprons, full length sleeve covers and three-quarter smocks.

They are ideal for use in the meat, fish and dairy processing industries where work areas are subject to high water usage and soiling.

The body and arm covers are not only dual detectable they also include an anti-bacterial ingredient.

The Polyester fabric with its NBR-rubber coating results in a waterproof, robust and durable material that is permanently flexible and washable.

The material is practical in high or very low temperatures down to 65 °C (-85°F) and can be machine washed at up to 90 °C (194°F). Even under this vigorous regime these robust products have demonstrated their durability by lasting for an average of 3 months in regular use. They also resist animal oils and fats, and can cope with strong detergents and acids and alkaline liquids making them well suited for use in a challenging food production environment.

The standard colours are blue or white although the covers can be ordered from a range of special colours subject to minimum order quantities. They measure 90cm (36”) wide and are supplied either 110cm (44”) or 135cm (54”) in length.

The dual detectable Sleeve Covers are approximately 45 cm (18”) long but subject to minimum order quantities longer sleeve covers can be produced. The elasticated wrist and shoulders give a firm but comfortable fit, and like the aprons these covers can be regularly cleaned at temperatures up to 90 °C (194°F) to maintain a high level of hygiene.

The aprons, three-quarter smocks and the sleeve covers are highly durable so they can be re-used time and again without compromising hygiene levels. As a consequence these tough, dual detectable, antibacterial and practical products are very cost effective and gentler on the environment.

New Detectamet Appointment to Spearhead International Sales

James is a graduate in Electronic Engineering and has significant experience in helping food production companies protect their food products from contamination by using X-ray and metal detection. He gained a clear understanding  of the food during  his time working with a major international manufacturer of equipment for food inspection and contamination prevention.

“As director of development for Camera based Inspection Equipment using X-ray, Visual, and  Non Visual  Light Spectrum’s. “ James explains “I built an extensive knowledge about the food safety needs of the food industry.”

James has been through HACCP safety auditor training giving him the ability to carry out food plant safety auditing which will enable him to offer Detectamet’s customers and potential customers a valuable insight into contamination prevention.

“James and I co-operated at a major US Food  exhibition last year “ said Sean Smith, Detectamet’s Chairman, “ where he made a positive use of his experience by helping potential users of our detectable plastic products understand the practical benefits”

James Farmer said “The new approach to protecting US food has presented food producers with some  big challenges and I appreciate how Detectamet makes a significant contribution to protecting the public by preventing physically  contaminated food reaching the public. Its detectable plastic products are visible to all detectors.”

James will be on the company’s Booth 536 at the Food Safety Summit  8th to 11th of May.

New Stapleless Stapler Enhances Detectamet’s switch2stitch® Range

A brand new Stapleless Stapler available from Detectamet is capable of securely stitching together ten sheets of 80gsm paper without the risk of contamination from small metal staples.

The modern metal stapler appeared 80 years ago.  It has been estimated that $20million worth of staples were sold in the USA in 2012. That is the equivalent of 25billion staples used in all applications.

Food contamination from metal is the most frequent physical contaminant and staples are the fourth most common metal source. To prevent this happening policies are applied that ban the introduction or use of staples in the food processing environment.

Detectamet has worked for a number of years through its switch2stitch® program to help food producers stay in control of the multipage documents necessary to instruct, advise and record food process activities. One click will secure the 10 pages with a cutter and folder that make the tabs to be folded into the slot in the paper.

The blue, green or red coloured staplers mean that they can be allocated to particular use or locations within a HACCP and HRPC Management System.

Angela Musson-Smith, Detectamet Inc’s President, explained that “We are always mindful of the practical needs of the food industry and we are aware that good food safety practices can sometimes have unintended consequences.”  she pointed out that “ Removing metal fastenings from gathered pages can send documents into a mixed up pile of panic, so at Detectamet we have gathered several products under our switch2stitch® program that removes the risk of contamination and retains the certainty of safe fastenings.”

Chicken Contamination

Plastic Contamination Triggers Twice As Many Food Recalls in 2016

The numbers of recorded recalls of food products contaminated with pieces of plastic or rubber have more than doubled in the EU and North America in the past 12 months.

This could be a reflection of the increased levels of food safety monitoring rather than increasing food processing errors, but even the longer established UK data sources indicate an increase in recalls of over a third.

The leading product sector continues to be Chicken Products with 19% of the total. The Dairy sector (17%), Bakery (15%) and Veg and Salads sectors (13%) also have a significant share of the recall incidents.

“It is apparent that those sectors that use the most extensive mechanical systems in their processing are at greater risk from plastic pieces getting into the product” says Jon Ireland, Detectamet’s Sales Director. “It was useful to see that two recall events were triggered by failures related to conveyor systems. The first involving pieces of a hard plastic rod from a complex conveyor transferring cooked chicken, and the second, involving chicken patties, was believed to be pieces of blue plastic trimmed off a solid conveyor belt”

Two food areas that have had no recorded plastic recalls in 2016 is the Minced Beef and Sausage sectors that in past years regularly experienced such events. “With the most detectable range of products in the world Detectamet offers a multitude of ways of reducing the risk of plastic contamination” Jon explained “ but most of the plastics triggering recalls are almost anonymous save for generic descriptions of size texture and colour.”

“Detectamet continues to work to develop new products that customer’s request. In that way we  will help to turn the tide on the growth of plastic contamination incidents in the future”