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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

What Happens With Contaminated Food After Foreign Material Inspection?

Posted by Chris Keith on Dec 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

No food manufacturer wants to deal with contaminated product, but when foreign material contamination happens, they need to have a process in place. Foreign material in food is something that occurs in many different ways and at every stage of the production process.

Contaminants can make their way into food in the field, during transportation to the production facility or at numerous points in the manufacturing process; they can be caused by anything from human error to mechanical failure.

Regardless of how the foreign material gets into the food, the big concern for plant management is the same: What should the next steps be? 

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection, Meat and Poultry, Processed Foods

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

The Role of Food Packaging in Physical Contamination

Posted by Chris Keith on Nov 28, 2018 10:10:47 AM

Food contamination comes in many forms, from biological contaminants to physical hazards. With so many entry points for contamination, food manufacturing facilities have to make sure they have procedures in place to prevent all types of contamination; that includes contamination from food packaging.

While less common than other types of contamination, food packaging can still be a source of foreign materials that find their way into the food supply. Because it is less common, it is a threat that food manufacturers can easily overlook. But putting procedures in place to safeguard against contamination due to food packaging is an important part of a strong culture of food safety. 

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection, Product Packaging

How Safe is X-ray Inspection for My Food?

Posted by Chris Keith on Oct 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When X-ray food inspection systems were introduced, they ushered in a new era in food safety. X-ray inspection systems are used to find physical contaminants during the production process that might be missed by visual inspection or metal detection, thereby saving food manufacturers headaches, lawsuits and recalls.  

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

How to Detect and Manage the Challenge of Plastic in Food

Posted by FlexXray on Sep 12, 2018 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

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

How X-ray Inspection Systems Are Changing the Food Industry

Posted by FlexXray on Jul 24, 2018 11:52:00 AM

As technology continues to evolve, it empowers every company in the food industry to become more efficient and cost-effective. As part of that evolution, increasingly more sophisticated machines are paving the way to provide greater safety and peace of mind for food manufacturers .

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

The Differences Between Inline Machines and X-ray Food Inspection

Posted by FlexXray on Jul 10, 2018 9:06:00 AM

Food inspection processes continue to become more sophisticated, creating a safer food environment and providing peace of mind both for food manufacturers and for consumers. Today, inline processes have evolved to include metal detectors and X-ray inspection. While that has greatly enhanced food safety and inspections, inline machines have their limitations.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection

What Frozen Food Companies Must Know When Salvaging Contaminated Products

Posted by FlexXray on Jul 3, 2018 9:50:00 AM

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Frozen food manufacturers face their own set of challenges when it comes to resolving issues with contamination. Because frozen food typically has many different types of ingredients, it is at a higher risk for physical contamination.

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Topics: X-ray Food Inspection, Canned and Bottled Goods

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