Food Factories & Covid19

Food production facilities have, it seems, become something of a hotspot for Covid19 cases throughout the UK and overseas. Factors such as the difficulty in social distancing on production lines, the multiple shared contact points within a factory-environment, and the tendency to use shuttle buses between manufacturing sites have all allowed the virus to spread more easily. Additionally, food factories are often humid environments with limited fresh air circulation, and food factory workers have also complained about ill-fitting PPE equipment that may become dislodged after working on the production line and the necessary bodily movement this requires.

As a manufacturer of detectable safety products for the food industry, we encourage all our customers to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff is paramount. Additionally, our detectable products also help to ensure that consumers are protected, by reducing the risk of foreign body contamination. Over the last few weeks, we have developed a range of Covid19 related products to ensure staff are protected and feel safe in a food manufacturing setting. These products include detectable sanitiser holders, detectable face mask holders, detectable ear savers to keep face masks in position for factory workers, and detectable floor safety stickers to encourage social distancing in a factory wherever possible.

For more information regarding Detectamet and our Covid19 products, please visit our website:

Detectamet Detectable Face Shield / Visor

After a highly successful launch with our detectable ear savers, Detectamet’s latest PPE product is a new detectable face shield / visor. Designed to enhance protection from airborne aerosol particles, this product has a notched Detectamet silicone strap and a Detectamet sponge for comfort. CEO of Detectamet Sean Smith added “we’ve diversified our already extensive PPE product offering over the last couple of months to ensure workers in the food and pharmaceutical industries can continue to work safely, despite the challenges brought by Covid19. We have launched a suite of new PPE products designed to minimise the risk to workers and their colleagues. We’re really pleased that our face shield / visor continues that theme and our specialist PPE development team are keen to find new ways to develop our metal and X-ray detectable PPE range.”

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Detectamet Detectable Reusable Ear Saver

Our latest venture into the PPE market is with our detectable reusable ear savers – designed to be attached to face masks. Created and tested in just 3 days, we responded to customer feedback that face masks can become uncomfortable wrapped around user’s ears after long periods of use.

Our CEO Sean Smith is delighted at the responsiveness of his production team, saying “reacting to an enquiry from a US-based customer, we were able to design, test and produce a metal and X-ray detectable reusable ear saver in just 3 days. Following the launch of this product last week, we’ve had a fantastic response from customers, with tens of thousands already sold, and we’re delighted to be able to offer products to key workers so they can more comfortably carry out their work”.

Available in 9 different colours, these ear savers can be effectively colour coded to enhance traceability in a factory environment. The ear savers are designed to allow the users face mask to be adjustable, ensuring a comfortable fit throughout their entire period of use. Detectamet can also create bespoke sizes (subject to a minimum order) to suit the requirements of the user(s).

New Starters at Detectamet

We are delighted to welcome three new starters to our ever-expanding team. Jevan (R&D), Mason (Sales) and Robert (Marketing) have all joined the company in the last month.

CEO of Detectamet Sean Smith welcomed the three new employees, saying “we’re delighted that Jevan, Mason and Robert have joined us. We’ve had a fantastic period of growth over the last couple of years and our three new starters will play a big part in supporting and growing our business, especially with our exiting new expansion into the Australasian market and our ever growing product range”.

Jevan is a research scientist. He completed his Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Hull and subsequently, a PhD project aiming to design micro-imprinted polymers as a new way to treat / manage Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He then went on to the Centre for Human Reproductive Science at the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Women’s Hospital aiming to make medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment for male factor infertility. At Detectamet, Jevan is now the R&D Technical Project Manager and is responsible for driving new innovation from concept to catalogue for all new products and for regulatory compliance.

Mason spent the last 6 ½ years with a well-known bathroom retailer throughout a number of sales / project based roles, latterly heading up the sales team as the Internal Trade Sales Manager, providing sanitary ware, homewares, safety and branded items to Tradespeople and B2B businesses alike. His new role as Sales Manager at Detectamet will include overseeing the sales department, working with the internal team to meet / exceed our business targets and ensuring they are maximising opportunities in any way possible, particularly as the organisation ventures into new markets.

Robert is a former global marketing student, who graduated from the University of York with an MSc in 2015. Since then, he has worked for a global healthcare provider as a Marketing & Communications intern in London, before working at the University of York in their commercial services marketing team. At Detectamet, Robert will work to grow the Detectamet brand and promote and advertise our services to customers and prospective customers.

Detectamet is the world’s leading producer and distributor of detectable tools and equipment used by the food and pharmaceutical industries. The company’s origins go back 17 years and it now has an inventory of more than 130 products with ranges developed to help reduce the risk of product contamination.

Detectmet staff are required to work as normal as they are a classed as an essential supplier supporting the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Metal Detectable Products – Detectamet Launches in Australia

We’re delighted to announce our new office and distribution centre in Sydney, Australia. This new facility will be able to manufacture and distribute our award-winning products to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. In addition, our technical support team based in Sydney will be able to respond to any queries regarding Detectamet’s products and their suitability in a manufacturing environment.

CEO of Detectamet Sean Smith is delighted with the expansion into Australia, saying “this is a significant step forward for Detectamet in our efforts to be recognised as a global supplier of detectable products. We recognise that citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia take food safety very seriously, and we’re keen to supply food and pharmaceutical manufacturers in this region with quality, detectable products that will give manufacturers and consumers peace of mind. From a small start-up firm 17 years ago, we have undergone rapid expansion and we’re really excited to bring our products to this region”.

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Sequential Numbering and Own Branding

Suitable for inclusion in your traceability systems to help create an audit trail that can be used as part of HACCP. If you can trace the source of the contamination, you can reduce the risk of it happening again!

Sequential numbering gives you complete traceability and is particularly important if production presents higher risks, making it even more important to eliminate any type of contamination.

Our laser engraving service adds sequential numbers onto your products. This allows you to record products issued to staff at the start of a shift, check against that record at the end of the shift and if a missing tool is discovered, investigate its whereabouts immediately.

How about branding your detectable products using our cost effective pad printer?

Pad printing offers superior quality one and two colour print on 3D irregular, curved and textured objects, making it perfect for our products.

Where pad printing and laser engraving are not appropriate – due to the product – we can print your logos at point of manufacture, e.g. keyhole tags, test pieces. Ask a member of our team for advice.

We’re always happy to talk about bespoke products and will always try our best to find a solution.

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Detectamet Detectable Products expand into Canada

As demand for food safety increases globally, Detectamet, the global leader in metal detectable and X-Ray visible products for the food processing industry, is now expanding into Canada.

“After four successful years in the US, operating out of Richmond, VA, we have identified Canada as the next phase in our global expansion plan,” says Helen Morrison, Group Managing Director.

“Canadian sales have grown to account for a significant contribution of the US turnover, and with a heavy food manufacturing presence in Canada, it makes sense to open a site there, so we can service the market more effectively.

“This will also allow our US side to concentrate on growth in their core market, allowing for a more efficient sales and supply chain for the rest of the North, Central and Southern American continents.”

Leo Wild is Detectamet Canada’s Sales Manager and having previously worked at their head office in the UK he has plenty of experience in the food safety industry.

“Food safety is of global paramount importance and we continue to educate the food industry in how to avoid unnecessary foreign body contamination risks,” says Leo.

“All our products are developed with this in mind, and we offer a wide range of detectable products for use in food processing environments, from stationery through to handling equipment, knives, PPE and engineering products. Our customers know we are the one-stop shop for detectable products.”

Detectamet’s sales and distribution centre, based in Ottawa, will open its doors on 1st April and you’ll be able to meet up with Detectamet Inc at Food Safety Toronto on 2nd and 3rd April, and SIAL Canada, in Toronto, 30th April – 2nd May.

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Detectable Food Industry Temperature Probe – Detectamet leading the way in preventing foreign body contamination

Detectamet have long been viewed as pioneers in food safety and their new innovative detectable temperature probe shows they are still at the forefront of this industry.

Made from Detectamet’s unique detectable polymer, it’s both metal detectable and X-Ray visible, ensuring you continue to minimise your risk of foreign body contamination within the guidelines of your HACCP plan.

With a patent pending, this digital food temperature probe is the first detectable thermometer on the market. The smooth, durable surface makes it easy to keep hygienically clean and its wide measuring range makes it suitable for all food, storage and equipment checks.

It can also be stored in a wall mountable detectable holder, allowing you to have a probe at each crucial stage in the food production and storage process.

“Within the tight confines of the food safety industry, companies cannot be confident that raw materials, storage (fridge, freezers, hot hold areas etc.), ovens, cooked dishes etc. are all within safe limits without the use of an accurate food temperature probe,” says Leo Wild, Detectamet’s sales manager.

“With the introduction of new measures in BRC Version 8, it’s imperative your employees know how to perform food probe checks. It’s also an ideal time to review current practices and update your HACCP plan, if required,” continues Leo.

“All the different processes needed to create the finished food product require different temperatures. Under BRC, senior management have the responsibility to ensure their employees know what these different temperatures are, equip them with the correct thermometer to measure, and build in testing and maintenance to ensure the probe is working correctly.

“Storing, freezing, thawing, cooking and serving food all present inherent risks for bacterial contamination and our new food probe is an easy way to ensure these threats are minimised.”

Not only are Detectamet’s products detectable (and available in a range of visible colours) but are also made out materials that are compliant with European and other global standards for food contact use.

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Award winning Pocklington based detection equipment manufacturer, Detectamet, appoint Group Marketing Manager

After 15 years of exponential growth, the market leader in detectable products for the food and pharmaceutical industries, has appointed a Group Marketing Manager to further strengthen their international team.

“We’ve seen a phenomenal growth in demand for our products, ” says Helen Morrison, Detectamet’s Group Managing Director, “and with this appointment, we can now focus on strengthening our global position. The last fifteen years have been about growing the company and we have achieved remarkable success to date, but by creating this position we can now move the company into its next phase of growth.

“Our new Group Marketing Manager, Hellen Tordoff, has a wealth of business 2 business marketing experience, bringing much needed skills to the team.”