Case Study

Specialized Ready-To-Use Food Manufacturer Installs X-Ray Inspection Systems For Quality Assurance Of Products

Source: Eagle Product Inspection

Edesia is a unique non-profit organization and social enterprise that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs). In 2018, they installed Eagle’s advanced Pack 550 PRO x-ray system to inspect their “miracle solution” Plumpy’Nut®, which along with their other RUFs, is expected to reach over 2 million malnourished children this year.

Plumpy’Nut®, the RUF designed to treat the most severe cases of acute malnutrition, is comprised of ground peanuts, powdered milk, whey, powder sugar, vegetable oils, vitamins and minerals – all designed to provide the nutrition and energy starving children need to get better. The paste is filled into foil pouches called sachets. This ready-to-use therapeutic food is fortified, nutrient-dense and high-energy. It is eaten directly from the package and does not require refrigeration, cooking, or the addition of water. This is especially useful in drought-prone areas of the world. Each serving is the equivalent to a glass of milk and a multivitamin, and the sachets have a shelf life of two years.

When Edesia first opened its factory, the company used inline magnets in their processing line to find contaminants. When they realized they needed a better inspection system, metal detection wasn’t the answer because of the foil pouches used in the packaging process. So Edesia decided to incorporate x-ray into their production line.

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