Where Can Food Metal Detectors Be Used?

Metal is one of the most commonly found contaminants in food.

Whether it be from old or broken machinery, handling equipment, or specialist utensils, metal can be introduced at all stages throughout the food production process.

However, implementing a robust metal detection system will ensure that even the tiniest piece of metal doesn’t find its way into food.

Aside from protecting consumers and giving them the peace of mind that your products are safe to eat, food metal detectors can help your business to avoid product recalls, maintain your reputation, and make a profit.

But where is the best place to install a metal detector in the food industry?

Here the team at Stainless Steel Manufacturing & Equipment (SSME) explain more about where food metal detectors can be used and where you should consider putting yours.

Which industries can benefit from food metal detectors?

Bread and baked goods

Food metal detectors are great for detecting metal in baked goods, such as bread, cakes, muffins, and doughnuts – allowing customers to enjoy delicious creations without worrying about the presence of contaminants.

Meat and poultry

Using a metal detector for meat processing and production can prevent contaminated raw and cooked products from being sold. It also helps to prevent contamination from worn machine parts and objects, ensuring your meat and poultry are succulent and tasty – without any nasty surprises.

Cheese and dairy

The reputation of cheesemakers and dairies depends on the quality of the products supplied, which is why a food metal detector is required to inspect cheese, milk, butter, ice cream, and yoghurt. Having one of these systems in place will ensure that no contaminants go undetected and injure consumers, which will have a positive impact on brand image.


Whether it be chocolate bars or sugary sweets, a food metal detector can inspect incoming goods and perform a final check before they are distributed to retailers. This will enable you to produce top-quality confectionery and avoid the risk of costly product recalls.

Where in the food production line can they be used?

  • At the start – if any of your products come into contact with metal knives or utensils, having a food metal detector at the beginning of the line will help to reduce contamination and protect plant equipment at the same time.
  • At the end – foil-packed products and those in metallic trays and packaging present the greatest challenge when it comes to inspecting them for fragments. Having a food metal detector at the end of the line will allow you to make a final check before products leave your facility.
  • At crucial points – in the food industry, metal detectors can be positioned at key areas along the line – either to control the quality of products or to protect equipment that could be damaged by metal. The exact placement of your food metal detector will vary depending on the set-up at your plant and the types of products you need to convey.

Invest in a food metal detector today

Here at SSME, we provide food metal detectors to suit the needs of all industries and are confident we can offer a suitable solution for your business.

We pride ourselves on our competitive prices, meaning you needn’t break the bank to keep your food products safe.

If you have any questions about our food metal detectors or would like to know more about their features, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Call 0121 661 6346 or email sales@ssmeltd.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

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