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Detectamet’s Detectable Ingredient Packaging Reduces Recall Risks

03-23-2016 08:55 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Detectamet Ltd

The recall of food because of plastic contamination is regular news. There are countless different undetectable plastic items used every day in food processing. Each item is a potential contaminant.
James Chrismas MD at Detectamet, the manufacturer of the most detectable plastic products in the world disclosed that “Customers have provided us with data on the sources of contamination” he said “and of the plastic contamination events identified by consumers some 40% of them were contaminated with packaging” James explained.
Packaging is essential for handling and protecting food and food ingredients. However, until now, there has been little packaging that the Metal and X-Ray inspection systems could find and reject should it accidentally get into the finished food.
Today Detectamet has launched a new range of plastic packaging material that is food safe and Metal and X-Ray Detectable. The material can be used to make plastic sacks in all practical sizes and thicknesses. It can also be used to make detectable plastic liners for paper sacks. From strong 25 Kilo sacks to small sachets this new detectable packaging can be custom made for specific purposes. Customers can select from nine colours to identify brand or purpose or to provide extra visibility like strong blue. The special polyethylene used to make the material has been cleared as safe for direct contact with food in compliance with US and EU regulations.
“I have been asked several times by retailers if we can reduce the risk of contamination by pieces of ingredient sacks and this new material is a significant response to this challenge.” James told us.
This follows swiftly on the heels of Detectamet’s new Detectable Paper. When used to make labels and combined with the detectable bags this will help the food industry to raise the protection of customers to a new level. “We see these products as a marketing opportunity to ingredient suppliers wanting to demonstrate their diligence in protecting their customers’ reputations” James concluded. For more information contact james.chrismas at

Detectamet was founded over 12 years ago, and has businesses near York in the UK and in Richmond, Virginia and the USA. The company designs, makes and supplies food production companies with more than 1000 tool designs and pieces of equipment made from metal and X-ray detectable plastics and from stainless steel. By using these pieces of equipment should they get into the finished product they can be found by the standard detection equipment used by food companies. Detectamet products are supplied in nearly 100 countries around the world. The company was recently presented with the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Derrick Blunden
Marketing & Communications
Detectamet Ltd
Unit 55 Halifax Way
Pocklington Industrial Estate
York YO42 1NR
Tel: +44 (0)1759 304200
Fax: +44 (0)1759 305236


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