Detectamet Achieves International Recognition for Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace

Detectamet is proud to be one of the first companies in the detectable food safety industry to receive international recognition for occupational health and safety (OH&S), by gaining the new ISO 45001:2018 standard.

ISO 45001 is the world’s first International Standard for OH&S, published in March 2018. It provides a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance.

Safety is at the core of the Detectamet business and by achieving this standard it highlights to our partners both domestically and internationally that Detectamet is a reputable pioneering force in food safety.

Helen Morrison, Group Managing Director commented, ‘A safe and healthy work place is key to Detectamet’s success.  The framework used in ISO 45001 addresses concerns that can lead to long-term health issues and absence from work, as well as those that give rise to accidents, therefore enhancing staff morale. Our aim is to create a culture where employees are encouraged to take an active role from identifying and avoiding risks to promoting and protecting mental health, enabling us provide the best products and service in the industry.’

Notes to editor:

Established in 2003, Detectamet Limited’s key focus is the design, manufacture and supply of x-ray and metal detectable products, bringing both tried and tested concepts to the marketplace and continually developing new and innovative solutions. This allows Detectamet to offer the largest and most comprehensive range of detectable products available, giving all of its customers a greater opportunity to reduce the risk of foreign body contamination.

For further information, please contact Leo Wild, Sales Manager. Tel: +44 (0)1759 304200, email

Detectamet’s Detectable Natural Rubber Gloves are Sensitive to Food Industry Needs

Detectamet’s new metal detectable natural rubber gloves are made from powder free natural rubber and produced so that they are easy to put on and take off. They offer a higher level of sensitivity and the anti-slip patterned finish provides a good grip in wet and dry conditions. They are designed for safe use in Food Processing and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industries and comply with FDA and EU regulations for safe contact with food.

“We have been asked by food producers for gloves that fit like a second skin and will be comfortable to wear for long periods” said James Farmer Detectamet’s head of global marketing and sales “Our new detectable rubber gloves will do exactly that, and we have already received positive feedback from our customers who have tried samples”

The metal detectability reduces the risk of contaminated products reaching the consumer and the bright blue colour makes them highly visible if lost in the process area.

These left /right specific gloves offer superior durability and strength and have a higher resistance to tearing with a specification for a 0.45mm thickness. Five sizes are supplied in packs of a dozen pairs, or they can be bought as boxes of 120 pairs.

Extra benefits are derived from the bacteriostatic and fungistatic additives that are intended to prevent the growth of microbial contaminants. The low level of soluble proteins reduces the risk of negative skin response.

Celebrating 15 years in Business

From its ‘under the stairs’ start-up in 2003 Pocklington company Detectamet has outgrown three premises and moved last year into its fourth home, Prospect House, on the Pocklington Industrial Estate.

The company helps food manufacturers and pharmaceutical businesses to reduce the risk of food contamination by manufacturing and distributing more than 350 products that are made from metal detectable and X-ray visible plastics.

Sean Smith, Detectamet’s Chairman, said “When the company was launched from our 3 square metre East Yorkshire office I could not have imagined that I would eventually be needing premises of 3000 sq. metres in the UK and 1300sq. metres in the USA.”

In 2015 Detectamet Inc opened in the USA near the city of Richmond, Virginia. From its offices and large warehouse, it services all North and South America with the full range of products made and supplied from Pocklington.

“Our staff have found it very useful to learn from each other’s expertise, and short exchange trips have occurred with some of our UK staff making their way to the Richmond office to offer help and advice and their US counterparts come over to the UK to offer their unique experience.” Sean explained.

When asked what Detectamet might be doing in the next 15 years, Sean thought that was too far in the future. Over the next five years he revealed that the company had plans to open offices in other countries where the desire to improve food safety was attracting even more food processing customers to the need for detectable plastic tools and materials.

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 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.