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Mettler Toledo explains why X-ray inspection is a compulsory stage that Chinese manufacturers have to perform to ensure product safety, as new legislation on food safety is strictly regulated.

Safety regulations covering the production of food and pharmaceuticals products in China are becoming increasingly strict.

Evidence of this can be seen in new regulations approved by the Chinese Ministry of Health and the General Administration of Quality supervision.

Failing one of the quality and safety inspections can be a very bad experience for a brand, as a product recall minimises business opportunities, damages brand reputation and has a potentially serious effect on sales.

Chinese manufacturers now have to equip their factories with strong product-inspection systems in order to meet demands.

X-ray inspection ensures complete product integrity and can detect dense contaminant such as glass, metal, stone and high-density plastics – ensuring health and safety for consumers.

X-ray systems can simultaneously perform a range of in-line quality checks, including measuring mass, counting components, identifying missing or broken products, monitoring fill levels, inspecting seal integrity and checking for damaged packaging.

X-ray helps manufacturers to achieve compliance with HACCP, retailer requirements, and national and international regulations.

Manufacturers are always looking to improve and ensure the safety and quality of their products while reducing costs and increasing productivity.

At first glance, safety legislation can be regarded as something of a threat to the industry.

Manufacturers tend to think that adding another inspection-checking system on the line will decrease their productivity.

The latest X-ray inspections systems are verified to be highly efficient and do not slow down the production process – in fact they actually ensure maximum uptime for the production line.

For example, the Mettler-Toledo Safeline AXR X-ray system, now available in China, is designed to achieve extremely fast start-ups and product changeovers.

Recognised for its speed, it can automate the identification and rejection of contaminants at production-line rates of over 500 packs a minute.

It guarantees speed, hygiene and cost effectiveness, meaning that it complies with the latest Chinese food-safety laws.

Before companies consider export as a means of increasing market exposure, they usually need to succeed on the domestic market.

Food-safety incidents, such as the recent milk melamine scandal, simply cannot be repeated.

The media attention around this scandal has only served to heighten consumer fears of repeat incidents.

A recent survey conducted by IBM reveals that 60 per cent of people are actively concerned about the safety of food they purchase.

Additionally, almost half of the 1,000 people interviewed across 10 US cities said they would be less likely to buy something that had been the subject of a recall.

Only 55 per cent of people said they trusted food manufacturers when dealing with a recall of a tainted food product.

The new Chinese regulations will effectively help to prevent the food-contamination incidents that have caused so much damage to the reputation China’s domestic producers.

The Chinese Ministry of Health, currently coordinating the law’s implementation, has drafted several extra regulations on food standards, the control of food risks and the management of new products.

Supermarkets are subject to very strict standards and manufacturers have to respect them if they want to see their products sold in store.

Up until recently, Chinese food and pharmaceutical companies have not been subject to the same strict food-safety laws as their European or American counterparts.

To export their goods to Europe or America, industries now have to show that they follow scrupulous processes to ensure the safety of their products.

Chinese manufacturers are taking this issue very seriously, especially as some countries have banned specific Chinese products until the country provides proof of inspections before exports leave the country.

It is now the responsibility of manufacturers to pay disposal costs if goods arrive in Europe or America out of probate.

This has brought about an increase in the willingness of Chinese manufacturers to conduct reliable testing before offering their goods for export.

X-ray inspection systems are perfect for these demands, as they offer simple yet excellent detection on high-speed applications.

‘Our systems are specially developed to satisfy both Chinese and global safety standards,’ said Morgan Yu, marketing manager for Mettler-Toledo Safeline in China.

‘Manufacturers are beginning to realise the overall positive impact of X-ray systems and, as a result, brands that use X-ray systems are growing faster,’ he added.

It only takes the slightest anomaly on a production line for a potential ruinous error to occur.

Even the tiniest stray glass particle found can lead to PR crisis, and a business disaster for the brand.

X-ray inspection systems such as the AXR help manufacturers to avoid these risks, and promise a total and efficient inspection across the entire production line.

X-ray inspection systems can inspect single and multi-lane applications at high speed at the same time, without compromising detection sensitivity.

They can also perform multiple inspection tasks simultaneously, such as contamination detection and mass measurement.

Installations such as the Glasschek X-ray, for example, used by the Zhangzhou Gang Chang Can Food Company, can remove glass, stone, metal and high-density plastic contaminants, and simultaneously check the fill level of the jar and ensure that the closure is in place.

This saves on costs and reduces waste.

If contaminated, food and pharmaceutical products pose a genuine high risk to consumers.

Such risks provoke justified concern and require serious legislation for quality and safety control.

Rigorous product inspection is therefore necessary.

Chinese factories are now legally obliged to equip themselves with efficient product-inspection system, such as X-ray, to enhance their product safety for the domestic market and to satisfy European and American standards.

X-ray inspection systems are able to detect dense contamination, with the result that Chinese exports are safe and promising for the economy.

The success of the brand depends on the safety and the quality of its products, and X-ray technology is one of the most reliable and efficient ways of guaranteeing this.

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