Five ways that digitalisation of product inspection helps food safety compliance

Food safety and regulatory compliance are hot topics for food manufacturers. Ian Scott-Mance, technology manager of Mettler-Toledo ProdX considers how digitalised product inspection technologies can meet these demands

Food safety is of critical importance, and the food industry has become increasingly heavily regulated. Success for food manufacturers, both now and in the future, comes from being adept at producing safe, high-quality food, and in being able to demonstrate beyond question that the processes used to produce that food meet regulatory demands.

Today, technology is helping manufacturers to align themselves with these requirements. Food safety and quality standards in production can be improved using product inspection systems for x-ray, metal detection, checkweighing and vision inspection. In parallel, the digitalisation of much production line equipment — and product inspection technology in particular — is making compliance with food safety regulations both simpler and easier. Digital inspection technology is capable of continuous monitoring and recording of production line performance, which manual processes simply cannot match. In addition, standards owners and regulators are placing an increasing focus on food safety digital transformation. Not only is digitalisation able to better support food safety compliance, but it is quickly becoming an expectation that food manufacturers embrace it.

Hence, the digitalisation of product inspection has a direct bearing upon the capacity of food manufacturers to demonstrate food safety compliance. Improved compliance comes through a variety of different aspects of operation. In this article, we consider five ways in which food safety compliance is improved by digitalised product inspection.

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