The need for securing the quality and safety of foods is an important concern for every food manufacturer. Leak detection equipment is a valuable asset that helps find problems in the process and materials that lead to food waste. Below are six ways that this equipment reduces the waste and safety concerns of foods.
1. Eliminate Infiltration By Contaminants
Any opening in the packaging of foods provides an opportunity for bacteria, germs, mold, and other contaminants to enter in and mingle with the food. All of these can grow and become a bigger problem until reaching the final destination. Without detecting the problem at the beginning, the food will be tossed out or sent back once the compromised state is discovered.
2. Helps Guarantee Freshness
Weaknesses in the packaging of food can cause tiny leaks that reduce the freshness of the food. It can even compromise the freshness of frozen items. Leak detection equipment is designed to catch problems in the materials, seams, and seals. When foods are kept fresh from manufacture to the customer, the likelihood of it being tossed out is far less.
3. Avoid Recalls From Food Borne Illness
Undetected leaks in cans, bags, plastic sealed containers, and other types of food packaging can lead to bacterial growth that can cause life-threatening illness. Illness-causing bacteria, such as salmonella, are not always detectable by looks or smell. Once the food is eaten the illness can start at any time. It leaves you liable for the illness and injury.
4. Detect Leaks Leading to Insect and Rodent Problems
Insects and rodents will take any opportunity available to force their way into packaging to access the food they can smell from leaking materials. Determining a weakness for leaks in packaging materials or design can eliminate this problem.
5. Eliminate Moisture In Dry Goods
Any level of moisture that accesses dry foods will compromise the quality and safety of the food. Consumers will toss the foods out and it can irretrievably hurt your product branding. It’s critical to ensure no moisture gets into your packaging for dry foods.
6. Increases Overall Shelf Life
Leak detection equipment that is catching leaks that will compromise the quality of foods can greatly increase the shelf life of the items. It will be sound products that easily meet the recommended sale dates. Frozen items will keep longer without problems like freezer burn. Canned goods will withstand shelving without bulging and breaking open.
Food safety and quality have a direct correlation to the quality and integrity of the packaging.