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Plastic Detectable Levels

How detectable are metal and x-ray detectable plastics?

This paper explores the level of detectability of metal & x-ray detectable plastics, which are commonly used to enhance food and product safety in food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing applications.

This paper is intended for anyone using metal or x-ray detection equipment or looking to improve their foreign contamination detection process by utilizing detectable plastics with detection systems.

Understanding the level of detectability of metal & x-ray detectable plastics will help ensure a successful implementation of detectable plastics and maximize food and product safety. Included are visual references and detectability charts for both metal & x-ray, showing size comparisons from tests run on industry leading detection equipment.



Top 5 Challenges of FSMA Implementation
(and How to Solve Them)

Are you prepared for the first Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation deadline, coming up this September?

If you answered “no,” you’re in good company. In a survey earlier this spring by SafetyChain Software and The Acheson Group, only 1 in 4 respondents said they were totally ready.

To help food processors and packagers — and their suppliers — better understand what’s coming and how to prepare for it, we spoke with Carrie Hayden, President of Perry Johnson Food Safety Consulting, and some of Perry Johnson’s trainers and consultants about issues they see surrounding FSMA implementation.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish several articles resulting from these interviews. In this first one, we tackle some top challenges related to FSMA compliance and how to solve them.



Press Release:
FDA releases groundbreaking food safety rules for produce farms and imported food to modernize and strengthen food safety system


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took major steps to prevent foodborne illness by finalizing rules implementing the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act that, for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards. The Agency also issued a rule establishing a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known as auditors, to conduct food safety audits of foreign food facilities. These final rules will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent problems before they occur.




FDA Opens Reportable Food Registry Electronic Portal


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a new way to head off potential cases of foodborne illness via a new Reportable Food Registry (RFR), which food industry officials are required to use in order to alert the FDA quickly, through an electronic portal when they find their products might sicken or kill people/animals. The requirement, a result of legislation, took effect with the launch of the portal.  The RFR applies to all FDA-regulated categories of food and feed. Registered food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States under section 415(a) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 350d) are required to report when there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.



Member Spotlight


Praxair is a leading producer of industrial and process gases in the US and around the globe. For the food industry, Praxair primarily provides nitrogen and carbon dioxide in liquefied form to rapidly freeze, chill or cool food products to the desired temperature. Praxair has commercially available equipment systems to harness the heat removal power of the cryogenic liquid gases during food processing.

Praxair's ColdFront™ gas and equipment systems provide food processors with efficient, cost-effective cooling and improved productivity. Decades of acquired knowledge in using liquid gas products to remove heat in food freezing and working closely with our customers has allowed Praxair to develop new applications. Recent introductions include the ColdFront pellet or dot depositor system that allows food processors to produce and customize the desired shape and size for its specific use. Using Praxair's ChillStream™ in-line cryogenic chilling system for cooked or hot liquid foods helps processors quickly chill pumpable products. The rapid heat removal achieves specific target temperatures - in less time - before packaging.


Streamline your logistics operations and take control of costs with transportation management solutions from eShipping that encompass the people, technology, and services for all modes, with full optimization, and complete visibility across your supply chain.

We serve clients in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, with logistics programs that include less than Truckload, Full Truckload, Expedited, Hot Shot, Ocean, Air, Drayage, Cartage, Courier, Parcel, and a variety of other specialty modes.

Through our proprietary eShipManager® technology and dedicated team of specialists, you'll gain access to powerful solutions which help you:

  • Streamline shipment management
  • Optimize freight for immediate and long-term cost-savings
  • Reduce labor expenses
  • Ensure compliance and mitigate risk
  • Evaluate trends across locations and modes
  • Develop more effective supply chain strategies
Banner Day

Banner-Day serves the food and beverage industry with TraceFREE® electric impedance process pipe heating solutions. Both domestically and internationally, Banner-Day designs and manufactures TraceFREE® electric impedance pipe heating systems to heat a variety of ingredients and material applications for its customers. TraceFREE® is a pipe heating technology that utilizes the pipe itself as the heating element, eliminating the need for heating elements under insulation and double walled piping. TraceFREE® systems provide precise temperature control and very even, low watt density heating often necessary for temperature sensitive ingredients and products. The TraceFREE® concept has a wide range of product applications within the food and beverage industry. Typical applications include carbon steel and stainless steel pipe and sanitary tubing with sizes ranging from ¼" to 24" and greater. TraceFREE® systems can operate at temperatures ranging from simple freeze protection to 1400° F plus.

Banner-Day emphasizes delivering value to its food and beverage processing customers with controls and services for its electric impedance pipe heating systems and is committed to delivering unique and creative solutions that support our customers in achieving their goals and objectives. Banner-Day is focused on your success and welcomes opportunities to evaluate and respond your pipe heating application needs.

TM Process Controls

TM Process & Controls, Inc. is a full service design-build company that provides custom process and automation solutions to the food and beverage manufacturing industry. TMPC employees' have developed, executed, and commissioned technical solutions throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Our design expertise and variety of engineering and field services provide an all-inclusive, design-build experience for our customers. We take pride in our product, and complete projects to exceed customer expectation.

Boedeker Plastics, Inc.

Established in 1984, Boedeker Plastics, Inc. offers the world's largest single location inventory of plastic sheet, rod and tube and value-added plastic replacement parts for the Food Processing Industry, including FDA compliant plastics along with grades that are Metal and X-Ray detectable for enhanced food safety. Some of the materials we stock include: UHMW, Nylon, Delrin, Ertalyte, PPS, Rulon, PTFE, PEEK and many others. All inventoried materials are offered with cut to size and same day shipping service.

We specialize in precision machining value added plastic replacement parts with over 75 CNC machines dedicated to machining plastic parts. Other services we offer include: engineering services, material selection services by application, customer part stocking programs for JIT supply, and part design assistance, as well as onsite consultation to review applications or solve problems jointly with our clients.


Kelvion is a global manufacturer of heat exchangers for various markets, including Food, Beverage and Dairy. Since November 2015 the former subsidiaries of GEA Heat Exchangers have been operating as a standalone company under the name of Kelvion. The Kelvion line of plate exchangers offers food and beverage companies a technologically advanced heat transfer plate for efficient processing of all products, including those with high viscosities, fouling tendencies and particulate. The product line includes painted carbon steel, brazed, stainless steel and easy closing, fully automated frames. Contact Kelvion to see how advanced technology, superior customer service and many years of expertise in heat transfer can benefit your process.

Food Processing



Food Processing is dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the food and beverage processing industry. By creating and providing print and digital media solutions, services and content that deliver value to our clients and the marketplace, Food Processing is a critical go-to information source for the industry. Our mission is to help our readers make decisions that will enable them to run their businesses more efficiently, safely and profitably. The successful execution of this mission is borne out in the dedicated and loyal readership of our print and online audiences. 

Along with this dedication to the audience, Food Processing also proactively invests in circulation and market coverage strategies, ensuring that we provide the best and most complete reach to the food and beverage industry. This proactive approach means that we reach the most decision makers, most purchase influencers, and most processors of any food and beverage focused publication or web site.

ARCO Construction Company Inc.





ARCO Construction Company Inc. was founded in 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri and has continued to grow by providing clients with a turnkey design and construction solution. ARCO/Murray is comprised of three operational divisions: Build-to-Suit/National Accounts, Process, and Interiors; each serving a variety of industry types. Our comprehensive design/build approach allows customers to have a direct relationship with one company instead of dealing with a number of different consulting and management organizations. This single point of contact during a project allows for clear lines of communication and responsibility resulting in significant time and cost savings. 

Alpha Vac System Inc.

Alpha Vac System Inc. is a manufacturer, supplier and exporter of Vacuum Packing Machine, Vacuum Tumblers as well as other food processing equipment committing ourselves to building a standard of excellence. 

Since the founding of our parent company in 1989 we've used 304 stainless steel for the shells of our units and we only settle for the best welding assembling and use only the finest products available for our machines, we have German made Busch vacuum pumps delivered to our facility and we install (assemble) all our products here in the U.S.  We have a QC engineer from our parent company that takes very seriously his responsibility to ensure quality production in which he administers a 12 point inspection test for approval before a final shipment is sent out.  Our foundational standards are simple, "design and build a quality product that will stand the test of time" and for the last 26 years we have done just that.