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Foreign Material Is the Leading Cause of Food Recalls in 2019

Posted by FlexXray on Jul 23, 2019 12:24:07 PM

At a time when methods for detecting foreign materials in food is more sophisticated and accurate than ever before, it would seem that the incidents of contamination by physical hazards would be declining.

But greater capabilities to detect particles in food could actually be triggering more recalls, says Chris Keith, VP of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for FlexXray.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, foreign materials were the leading cause of food contamination during the first half of 2019.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection, Recalls and Lawsuits

What Increasing Line Speed Means for Meat Safety

Posted by FlexXray on Jun 19, 2019 7:41:30 AM

Recent changes to regulations affecting line speed in meat plants have raised concerns about meat safety. These changes potentially add new dangers for food producers who are purchasing the meat, since many believe it will dramatically raise the risk of contaminated food entering our supply chain. Under these new regulations, plant managers will have more control over inspections, and many federal inspectors will be replaced with plant employees.

Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a notice that it would allow certain poultry producers to increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute, up from the current line speed that capped at 140 birds per minute. To do so, plant operators must meet certain criteria, such as a history of regulatory compliance, being able to prove that they had the proper equipment, procedures and technologies in place that would allow for faster line speeds without compromising safety and being able to provide documentation that the increased line speed would not affect employee safety or interfere with inspection procedures.

The move to increase the line speed was controversial, especially given that the poultry industry has a high rate of workplace injury — even higher than construction, landscaping and sawmill worksites. Opponents of the measure to increase line speed have voiced concern that it could expose workers to even more injuries and illness.

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Topics: Meat and Poultry

How to Detect and Manage the Challenge of Plastic in Food

Posted by FlexXray on May 27, 2019 9:43:00 AM

There’s no question that innovations in plastic are changing the food industry. Plastic is paving the way for new, lightweight forms of packaging to be created, as well as providing more flexible choices in equipment. Plastic products make processing and packaging foods easier and more cost-effective .

However, plastic contamination is also creating growing challenges for food manufacturers. How can companies detect and manage the growing challenge of plastic in food?

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection, Processed Foods, Recalls and Lawsuits

FlexXray® Acquisition of Accu-ray Provides Food Industry a National Network of Foreign Contaminant Identification and Recovery Services

Posted by FlexXray on May 14, 2019 1:20:53 PM

(Arlington, Texas, May 13, 2019) – FlexXray, the nation’s leading X-ray inspection and recovery service for food companies, announced today that it has acquired Illinois-based Accu-ray, a leading provider of inspection solutions for food, pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The combined company will operate as FlexXray® effective immediately.

FlexXray helps manufacturing facilities quickly and cost-effectively detect and recover foreign material contamination that can occur during production or packaging. The company works with more than 900 production plants in the U.S., including 90 percent of the top 25 protein and processed-food producers in the country.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

FlexXray® Hires President to Lead Continued Growth and Expansion

Posted by FlexXray on Mar 4, 2019 11:36:00 AM

Randy Jesberg joins the executive team to lead company through current growth and future expansion.

(Arlington, Texas, March 4, 2019) – As part of its ongoing growth, FlexXray®, the nation’s largest provider of X-ray inspection and recovery services for food companies, has added the role of president to its executive structure. Randy Jesberg, who brings 35 years of executive experience in sales, marketing, software engineering and analytics will fill the new position.

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Topics: Uncategorized

X-ray Machine Rentals: What Food Safety Professionals Need to Know

Posted by FlexXray on Dec 11, 2018 1:28:00 PM

X-ray inspection is becoming increasingly popular as food manufacturers learn more about its capabilities. X-ray inspection machines are designed to detect foreign material more effectively than other methods and, therefore, are the most efficient way to handle issues of physical contamination

When a food manufacturing facility discovers it has a foreign material problem, X-ray inspection is the most reliable solution to help pinpoint and eliminate the issue.

However, there are certain factors to be considered when deciding to use X-ray inspection. Not all X-ray inspections are created equal, and knowing the options and the capabilities of X-ray equipment is critical to deciding what steps to take.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

Is Physical Contamination More Common Than Biological Contamination?

Posted by FlexXray on Sep 26, 2018 9:04:00 AM

In the past year, food recalls due to biological contamination have maintained a steady presence in the news. During 2018, salmonella was the main headliner, with Centers for Disease Control reporting eight food-related outbreaks between January and July. One outbreak linked to pre-cut melons accounted for at least 70 cases in seven states and resulted in 34 hospitalizations, leading many consumers to wonder if food contamination through biological causes is on the rise.

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Topics: Uncategorized

The Complete X-ray Food Inspection Checklist

Posted by FlexXray on Sep 5, 2018 11:56:15 AM

The moment a physical contaminant is suspected or discovered in your food plant, your standard processes are immediately put on hold. Now, instead of focusing on getting your product to the end user, you have to take certain steps to ensure the safety of your product.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

Most Common Sources of Meat Contamination

Posted by FlexXray on Aug 14, 2018 11:23:00 AM

Food contamination from foreign particles is simply part of the production process. And so is keeping those particles from remaining in the food or ever reaching consumers .

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Topics: Meat and Poultry

How Much Does a Frozen Food Recall Cost?

Posted by FlexXray on Aug 7, 2018 10:57:00 AM

One of the biggest threats to any food company is a frozen food recall. Whether it’s caused by biological contamination or the discovery of foreign materials, being forced to recall frozen food has a significant and often lasting effect on companies . But what is the actual cost of a frozen food recall?

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Topics: Processed Foods

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