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Eagle Product Inspection, has partnered with Advanced Inspection Services Ltd (AIS), a European x-ray product inspection and recovery provider, to provide meat manufacturers access to fat analysis technology on a contract basis.

The strategic alliance allows small to large meat producers to outsource the inspection of raw products so that the fat content can be accurately determined and also for the detection and removal of any products that may contain a contaminant.

With the installation of the Eagle FA720 PACK, AIS can now determine the precise chemical lean (CL) content in packaged beef, lamb and pork products to within just +/- one CL in real-time. This high level of accuracy ensures that both meat suppliers and customers can be confident that the meat they either buy or sell, is of the correct fat to lean ratio. As such, manufacturers can be certain that they will adhere to retailer meat content percentage specifications.

Thereby avoiding costly and business-damaging fat claims, preventing meat product giveaway, improving profits and potentially winning more business through compliance with retailer guidelines.

In addition to precision fat analysis, the technology offers simultaneous inspection for a range of foreign bodies, including metal or glass shards, bones or stones, and dense plastics or rubber. An automated reject system removes all non-conforming products from the production line, minimizing the risk of contaminated product reaching end consumers. This allows compliance with food safety standards, such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Version 6 and International Featured Standard (IFS) Version 6, safeguarding consumer wellbeing.

The Eagle FA720 PACK also boosts productivity for AIS, allowing the company to inspect a high number of cardboard cartons and vacuum-packaged frozen blocks without compromising on detection sensitivity. Manufacturers seeking independent confirmation of product quality and who require first-rate product inspection, but do not yet have the resources to integrate systems on their own production lines, can now benefit from this alliance.

Michael Stuart, Product Manager Fat Analysis, Eagle Product Inspection says: “Challenges, such as compliance with retailer fat/lean percentage requirements and food safety regulations, plus production line efficiency affect all meat producers, regardless of the size of their business. With AIS, we can now provide even the smallest manufacturer’s access to the technology that allows them to accurately monitor and assess the quality of the meat they use in their own production. Meat producers can now guarantee that they will only supply contaminant-free meat products at the correct fat to lean ratio to suppliers, therefore improving their growth potential and safeguarding their bottom-line costs. It is a win, win situation.”

Nigel King, Owner, AIS explains:“Eagle’s pedigree to design innovative quality product inspection technologies solutions is highly respected in the meat industry. As such, we partnered with them to break the barriers to entry to adopt product inspection for large to small manufacturers. Meat companies now have unlimited access to the most innovative and sensitive product inspection technology in the marketplace to help them meet the challenges faced by the industry not just today, but tomorrow as well.”

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