Food safety, product quality and brand protection are of foremost concern to food processors. Meeting the needs of consumers in a fast-paced market with increasing levels of uncertainty has underscored the importance of a smooth running and safe supply chain. It begins with the ability to efficiently and effectively ensure the quality and safety of food products entering the manufacturing line, including inspection for microbiological contaminants and foreign objects.
Rapid changes in supply requirements have great impact on processing lines in the short term and necessitate that food processors reconfigure or plan for greater flexibility in their inspection process. For example, one factor that could impact lines includes changes in package sizes as needs shift from large food service and institutional packages to at home and single-serve packages.