The introduction of the new FSMA Act and the tightening of industry standards is forcing food manufacturers to be more proactive in reducing their food safety and product security risks.  
Along with plastic and glass, metal fragments are one of the most commonly found physical hazards/contaminants in food. These may enter the product stream with incoming raw materials and result from equipment wear and tear (work-hardened stainless-steel fragments). Metal contamination in the final product can have serious implications for the companies involved, including product recall, loss of customer trust, legal and financial damage, and product wastage.
Increasing foreign metal fragment control will increase your product security, and in turn, help increase the profitability of your business.

3 steps you can take to increase your product security:

1. Plant Risks Assessments/Magnet Validations
Magnet Validations (or 'magnet audits') assess the effectiveness of your existing magnetic separators and areas where metal contamination risks are present. Collected data is compiled into a Magnet Validation Report which contains recommendations for increasing control in medium-high risk locations.
AMR Consulting are experts in metal fragment control and magnet validations for the food industry. 

2. Effective Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors

Like metal detectors, magnetic separators are also essential in reducing metal contamination risks and increasing product security. The information from your current Magnet Validation Report should highlight areas where action is required to reduce risk, and this may require replacing/installing magnetic separators.

Remember, a 10,000-gauss magnet does not mean it is an effective magnet. If maximum metal fragment control is your goal, then it is crucial to also consider important factors aside from magnet strength before making a purchase.

Contacting an experienced Magnattack technician will greatly assist in ensuring the magnets you install will provide an increased level of control.

3. Frequent monitoring of magnets and metal content
Preventing metal contamination is an ongoing task. Installing magnets and forgetting about them until the next magnet audit is a mistake that has the potential to be very costly. Like most equipment, magnets need to be closely and frequently monitored.
Frequent monitoring and cleaning of your magnets will help you gain control over metal. Establish a system in your company that sets out how often magnets should be checked and cleaned, and ensure that records are kept.

MagRam™ Automatic Self-Cleaning Separator

Advanced self-cleaning grate magnet designed for maximum magnetic separation and risk reduction in high-tonnage dry food products such as milling or meat rendering

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Rapidclean™ Hygienic Grate Magnet

For hygienic and efficient foreign metal fragment control in dry, free-flowing product lines such as sugar and flour 

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Spherical Pneumatic Transfer Magnet

Aerodynamic and sanitary alternative to conventional Bullet Magnets in high-velocity transfer lines

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Liquid Pressure Pipeline Separator

Efficient magnetic separation in liquid lines such as chocolate and soups. A hygienic alternative to conventional Liquid Trap Magnets

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Magnetic Transfer Control Mats

Prevent tracking of metal contaminants from your maintenance shop into sensitive areas. An effective control that will satisfy your Food Safety Auditors and customers!

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Following these 3 steps and taking a practical, pro-active approach to reducing metal fragments in your process lines will greatly assist in controlling metal contamination, increasing product security, and increasing profitability.
Magnattack Global has a team of qualified and experienced technicians that are ready and able to help you reduce risks.

Don’t risk metal contamination – contact us today!

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