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Solving the Problem of Metal Contamination in Food In a 10 page document, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declares that metal fragments in food may cause dental damage, lacerations of the mouth or throat, or laceration or perforation of the intestine.  They do not mention the untold damage to a company’s reputation and the…

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4th of 10 Magnetic Separator Myths The vast majority of stainless steel used in plants processing foodstuffs, chemicals, plastics and handling bulk materials whether in solid, liquid or powder form, is non-magnetic. Or is it? Traditionally, Magnetic Separators were installed to remove any ferrous metal.  Today, this has expanded to include any magnetically susceptible material, including magnetic…

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The Latest Metal-in-Food Health Scare The BBC has reported that ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s has had to recall tubs of ‘Cookie Dough’ as they may contain fragments of metal.  The exact number that may be contaminated is unclear and consumers are being told to discard the tubs. Ben & Jerry’s is widely regarded as…

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Food Safety Scare with Metal Contaminated Meat in USA One single metal fragment has resulted in the recall of 30 tonnes of ground beef in Texas, USA, reports Food Safety News. The cost of that single metal fragment is significant.  Not only are there the direct costs, loss of profits and any damages costs payable…

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The latest metal contaminated food scandal has hit a meat products producer in the USA, as reported by Food Safety News (September 3rd, 2015).  The consequence of the news report will be far reaching for Kenosha Beef International Ltd and will seriously affect the confidence of their customers.  The cost, in monetary terms, will also be…

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Separating and recovering stainless steel is an issue faced by many companies processing material, from the Recycling industry (where the focus is recovery or removal) to Food manufacturing (where the aim is purely removal).  So how can you do it? Firstly, the assumption is that stainless steel is non-magnetic?  But is that actually the case?…

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Bunting in the USA report that consumers across the U.S. should check their refrigerators for recently recalled frozen meat products. A California company has been forced to recall frozen beef and pork products after a shard of metal wire was found in one of the products by an Illinois restaurant, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported. That…

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One of the most simplest Magnetic Separators is a Cartridge or Tube Magnet.  It is basically a stainless steel tube filled with magnet slugs inter-spaced with steel discs which act as magnetic poles.  This then produces a magnetic field which attracts magnetically susceptible materials onto the surface of the tube where they are held. Such Cartridge…

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Frighteningly, metal contamination is commonly found is process lines around the world.  Whether the line is processing food, plastics, chemicals, minerals or any other processed product, metal will be present in some form.  It damages equipment, reduces product quality and can end up in the product purchased by the consumer.  So what types of metal…

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