Foreign Objects: A Constant Problem
Despite the rigorous screening process which is an integral part of food manufacturing, the possibility of foreign objects finding their way into food products still poses a very serious risk.
The accidental inclusion of foreign objects can be incredibly harmful, impacting everyone involved in the process from production to consumers, and leading to potential headaches on both sides including recalls, lawsuits, a laundry list of health hazards, and even choking or internal physical damage.
The Problem: Disposable Gloves
Among the most likely foreign objects to appear in food products are in fact, pieces of disposable gloves, the same worn by workers throughout almost every stage of food production. An essential part of the workplace, these gloves help to maintain a cleaner and more efficient work environment, but they are usually made of thin, fragile material such as vinyl or latex.
Often tearing easily, these materials can make their way into food products during the various stages of development and go undetected. A visual inspection may not be able to spot such small pieces and in-place quality-control systems may be incapable of noticing anything out of the ordinary, as most are unable to identify these materials.
The Solution: Metal-Detectable Gloves
Enter the metal-detectable glove.
Looking to find a solution for unwanted foreign objects in food products, the industry developed gloves that could be easily identified by the mechanisms already used by food manufacturers and producers. As metal-detection systems have been a staple of the industry for years, the creation of metal-detectable gloves was the next logical step.
How Metal-Detectable Gloves Work
With a metal-detectable glove, a small amount of detectable powder is added to the glove itself, allowing any foreign pieces to be discovered by metal detectors if they happen to end up in food products or on the production line. Testing conducted showed that the standard model of the metal detectors used in the industry was able to easily identify errant pieces of the glove, although the sensitivity of some models may need to be adjusted in order to perform the same function.
Of course, while some foreign objects can be more difficult to detect than others, the regular use of metal-detectable gloves in the food processing industry can help to eliminate preventable risks and errant materials, while putting safety at the forefront.
And So, Introducing “Metal Head”
The latest breakthrough from Superior Glove’s innovative team, Metal Head is the very first of its kind, combining the benefits of a nitrile glove (strength and tear resistance) with the properties of a metal-detectable glove.