Avoiding Recalls Due to Packaging Faults Whitepaper

Between 2002 and 2011, the independent statutory agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) co-ordinated 663 food recalls. Of those, one-third (33%) was due to incorrect labelling, including undeclared allergens. 

The cost to manufacturers varies — depending on the scale, stage at which the food is recalled and any fines or penalties incurred. However, on top of the monetary loss, are other opportunity costs such as loss of sales and goodwill, along with brand damage. 

Food recalls are an unnecessary waste, yet and can be easily reduced as far as possible to achieve better efficiencies and profitability by establishing robust, reliable and objective quality assurance (QA) processes with well-designed, in-line machine vision inspection systemss. 

This application paper explores the type and cost of recalls in Australia and how they can be avoided by establishing automated QA processes, what vision systems are, and how, when combined with the right software, provide the high-level automated QA a business needs during production and packing. Vision technology checks for many of the issues that lead to recall. It cost-effectively ensures your products are fit for purpose and shelf-ready when leaving your facility, and eliminates any potential for mistakes.

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