One most critical components of food production is leak detection. Companies that specialize in the production of food products for retail consumption have to pay extra attention to seal integrity because if the seal is compromised, some of the contents in the packaging could escape leading to reduced shelf life of the product or spoilage.
Can You Tell If the Seal Integrity Has Been Compromised?
It’s easy to tell if seal integrity has been compromised in foods whose packaging contains air such as popcorn, potato crisps et cetera. You can even tell if the product is fresh or it has been sitting on the shelf for a long period. The packaging begins to deflate after some time. Vacuum sealed consumables such as meat are harder to tell if seal integrity has been compromised. Only after removing the packaging that you will notice spoilage.
Most of the products you will find in grocery stores and supermarket shelves in Canada come from fast-paced environments with packing/picking requirements and time constraints. Typically, in the warehouses, companies use large industrial mechanisms to test for leaks. These mechanisms have the ability to conduct numerous full, highly accurate tests in a matter of seconds. These products are generally safe, that’s why most of us rarely think about the packaging and associated food safety concerns when we go out for grocery shopping.
Why We Trust Food Packaging
We trust food packaging leak detection systems because they seldom fail. But when they do, you may end up ingesting contaminants or other forms of impurities which may lead to health issues. That is why the Canadian food safety regulation bodies will not allow food products to reach retail stores before going through a thorough inspection process. If it is discovered that a food production/processing business are using substandard test methods or if their products do not meet the required products, the consequences are dire. In most cases, the company will be required to recall its product from all the retail centres it supplies. Further action may be taken if there are cases of food poisoning, not to mention the lawsuits a business would have to deal with.
Causes of Leak Detection Failure
Though leak detection systems rarely disappoint, human or mechanical errors can lead to failure. In most cases, these mechanisms fail because of faulty settings resulting in defective packaging. This can simply be corrected by pausing the system and correcting the settings.