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X-ray inspection for whole poultry in foil trays

20 June 2016

Loma Systems won a tender for the supply of two X5 Spacesaver X-ray machines to Crown Chicken’s processing plant in Norfolk.  

Crown Chicken, a fresh chicken producer, has installed the units to inspect a new range of whole birds that are skin packed in aluminium foil trays to help further reduce the risk of consumers contracting potentially lethal food-poisoning bug Campylobacter. The packaged product, including film, can be placed straight into the oven by the end user, eliminating consumer handling of raw poultry prior to cooking.

The use of aluminium foil as a packaging substrate, required the company to source an alternative method of contaminant inspection. Capable of detecting calcified bone, glass, dense plastic, rubber, stone as well as ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metals, X-ray offers a good solution for such applications particularly when packed in foil containers or metallised packaging.

The company has installed the two of the space-saving X-ray systems, which offer 25% improved detection performance and 20% smaller footprint than similar machines, at the end of separate lines where they are operating at speeds up to 40 packs per minute.

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