Case Study

X-ray Inspection System Provides Safety And Quality For Wild Blueberry Processor

Source: Eagle Product Inspection

Quebec Wild Blueberries Inc. has been farming and processing wild blueberries since 1984. The Canadian company explains how integrating x-ray inspection technology into its production process has improved their contamination detection capabilities to ensure the highest quality blueberries to their international customers.

X-ray Technology Enhances Food Safety for Canadian Processor of Wild Blueberries

Blueberries are a popular natural ingredient in a wide range of desserts and baked goods, and they are commonly used in beverage production and canned products. The fruit has steadily become a staple ingredient for chefs and recipes all over the world—retailing far and wide in fresh, frozen, dehydrated and concentrated formulations. Numerous studies have concluded that wild blueberries have a high concentration of anthocyanins - a strong antioxidant that helps kill free radicals in the human body causing diseases like cholesterol, diabetes and cancer.

Based in the heart of the Lac Saint-Jean region, Quebec Wild Blueberries Inc. has been processing and manufacturing wild blueberries since 1984 and is a world leader in the research and promotion of this organic fruit. Today, the company has 4 manufacturing facilities in Canada and exports to more than 30 countries.

As Mr. Pascal Hudon, Director of Operations, explains, “Once harvested, the tiny fruit are immediately shipped to one of the company’s four nearby processing plants where they are graded for size, individually quick-frozen (IQF) and stored in a clockwork-like process that keeps us sufficiently stocked to be able to ship our product to customers throughout the year.”