- Posted February 11, 2014 by
FDA Approved Plastics are now available with Metal Detectable qualities
A new breed of FDA Approved plastics is on the scene. These special materials have some 'super' new properties. A wide range of plastic sheet and rod materials have been pushing the limits of protection in the critical FDA, USDA and 3A Diary Compliance. Several plastics are now available that are 'Metal Detectable' and/or 'X-Ray Detectable' to prevent food contamination.
Plastics have been replacing metals in food processing plants for many different reasons. First of all, metals require lubrication to keep moving with minimum friction. Many of these lubricants pose a threat of contaminating the food being processed. The use of self lubricating plastics also helps to reduce the metal on metal noise in food processing facilities. This noise reduction is a major issue for facilities in the OSHA noise reduction efforts. Loud metal on metal factories and plants require extra hear protection devices, and self lubricating plastics reduce these requirements.
Plastics offer more than just great wear properties in food processing. There is a demand for machine parts that are detectable in food by color, x-ray, and metal detectors. If a machine breaks, or a piece breaks or chips off into the food, how do we know?
Plastics have the amazing capacity to be adapted to fit almost any use that is required of them. Plastics can be modified with additives to be x-ray and/or metal detectable. Common materials for use in metal detectable applications are:
Plastics are taking over where metals cannot perform, and where metals are failing. Metals cannot keep food fresh like vacuum-sealed bags can, or keep out harmful bacteria.
Plastics help keep your food safe and clean.