Elasticated bands are used for a number of essential jobs in the food chain, but they have also found their way into finished product. Rubber bands in ready prepared salads, in packets of nuts, and in soup are just a few that have been reported.
A grower of fresh produce can use rubber bands to hold bunches of products such as spring onions, asparagus and carrots. Many of them go into retail outlets, but these products may also be directed into a food processing operation for inclusion as ingredients in sauces soups ready meals and ready to eat salads.
Within a product process rubber bands may be used to close bags containing semi-prepared ingredients before they are transferred into the next process area where they are emptied into the mix, perhaps together with a damaged band that snapped apart.
“That ‘lost’ rubber band reappearing on the plate in the ready to eat food would not be welcomed” says Sean Smith. “We have been asked several times by rubber band users and multiple retailers if we could supply detectable and food safe rubber bands.” he explained. “So if the band is detectable and gets into the food it can be ‘seen’ by the detection system and rejected” Detectamet’s CEO concluded.
The new strong bands are at the moment available in 80x6mm, 70x6mm and 60x6mm sizes. There are plans to add to these sizes in the future and special dimensions can be produced on request.
Because these high quality industrial strength rubber bands are intended for direct contact with food they have been tested and approved for food contact according to the US FDA regulations and the EU regulatory requirements. For more information contact: s. smith at detectamet.com