LOCKING IN PRODUCT SAFETY IN SRI LANKA

LOCKING IN PRODUCT SAFETY IN SRI LANKA

LOCKING IN PRODUCT SAFETY IN SRI LANKA

In conjunction with the recent Lanka Pack exhibition, Lock Inspection Systems of the UK were invited to present a paper on the subject of metal detection by the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, as part of their ‘Packaging for a Better World’ seminar event.

Presenting the paper for Lock, Graham Millward, the Regional Manager for the Asia-Pacific and a regular visitor on business to Sri Lanka, discussed the vital complimentary role that metal detection plays in the food packaging industry, particularly with regard to the modern consumer’s expectation that a well-packaged product is also a quality product, and that by definition a quality product is therefore one that has to be safe and guaranteed free of metallic contamination.

Taking this issue as his central theme, Graham then established with the audience the ‘7 Golden Rules of Metal Detection’ that every food manufacturer or processor needs to follow in order to ensure that their quality product is indeed also a safe one:

1. The metal detector must form part of a HACCP / Risk Assessment study of where metallic contamination could most likely enter the production line.

2. The metal detector must be manufactured to the correct size for the particular application in question.

3. The metal detector must be installed in the correct location in the production line.

4. The metal detector must be of the correct specification for the particular product to be inspected.

5. The metal detector must incorporate an appropriate reject system.

6. The metal detector must be tested regularly with appropriate samples.

7. The metal detector must be an ‘intelligent’ one with a fully digital interface.

PCL Solutions have been Lock’s exclusive partners in Sri Lanka for 15 years, and have wide-ranging experience in installing and supporting metal detectors in the food manufacturing / processing sector. Please contact them on chappel.fernando@pclsolutions.lk or jude.perera@pclsolutions.lk for any questions or requirements relating to metal detection in Sri Lanka.