By Travis Vaughn
Staying up to speed on the latest food safety and quality standards is important, even if sometimes complex and time-consuming. As they work to stay compliant with global and domestic standards, manufacturers can take advantage of the many benefits of inspection technologies to enhance and optimize their production process while preventing potential hazards and assuring quality and consistency. These technologies may prove as the difference between compliance and incompliance, or simply the difference between producing a safe product or a dangerous hazard for public consumption.
The word “critical” in the phrase “critical control points” underscores the importance of the tools and technologies implemented in vulnerable segments of the farm-to-fork chain. Recently, highly public recalls and increasingly stringent regulations have propelled manufacturers to ensure they are covering those CCPs to the best of their ability to provide safe finished products while complying with standards on a local, national, and global scale.
X-ray inspection systems cover many CCPs in the production process, and, in turn, assist manufacturers to comply with food safety standards and programs, including HACCP, BRC, ISO 22000, GFSI, SQF, IFS, FSMA and more. As the regulatory environment broadens with globalization, many of these regulatory standards overlap requirements making x-ray systems an excellent tool for staying compliant with many of these regulations.