White Paper

Food Radiation Safety: Ensuring Full Regulatory Compliance

Source: Eagle Product Inspection

By Christy Draus

Food Radiation Safety:  Ensuring Full Regulatory Compliance

Since the use of x-ray equipment for product inspection began around the early 1900s, it has become increasingly popular globally as food manufacturers strive to protect consumer welfare, safeguard their brand reputations, and comply with stringent food safety regulations and industry standards.

In addition to detecting physical contaminants, including metal, glass, mineral stone, calcified bone, and high-density plastics and rubber, x-ray systems are simultaneously capable of measuring mass, counting components, monitoring fill levels and inspecting seal integrity.

As x-ray equipment generates ionizing radiation, its use is highly regulated and it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure equipment operates at safe levels of radiation.

This white paper explains what ionizing radiation is and puts radiation doses into context, before looking at how safety regulations differ between countries and states. The paper goes on to explain that modern x-ray systems are built to protect users from the effects of radiation, and how x-ray equipment suppliers can support companies with radiation safety and regulatory compliance.