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Japanese x-ray system tops Danish meat tests

by 5m Editor
23 July 2007, at 6:49am

DENMARK - A Japanese manufactured food x-ray system has been rated number one in performance tests by the Danish Meat Association.

The Anritsu KD74 came out ahead in tests that included detecting small pieces of bone, stainless steel, plastic and glass contaminants in pork products, according to a spokesperson for the Danish Meat Association (DMA).

Contaminants in meat can lead to disruption further along the supply chain if detected and consumer injury if not, and so processors are investing in technology that provides a second pair of eyes and allows processing lines to operate faster.

Six inspections systems were tested initially, with two selected for the final round. The leading inspection system was chosen because of its contaminant detection, good stability and ease of operation.

The KD74 uses advanced sensor and image processing technology, which provides "shape detection" to reveal misshapen products or meat with missing parts, the company claims.

Metal objects as small as 0.3mm in diameter can be detected as well as other contaminants including bone, shell, stone, rubber, and plastic, claims the manufacturer.

A masking function allows items such as clips on sausages and metal packaging to pass through the inspection system, while missing clips are flagged.

Suitable for wet, frozen and packaged products, the inspection system is constructed largely from stainless steel and therefore capable of withstanding the harsh washdowns now required in meat processing plants.

Source: foodproductiondaily.com