The onset of the pandemic has created a swift behavioral shift in the way people purchase and prepare food. Many are still subject to stay-at-home orders or quarantine to contain the spread of the virus. As a result, consumers have been preparing more meals at home, and purchasing more frozen foods because they have a long shelf-life, can be stockpiled in case of food shortages, and help to limit trips to the grocery store. Frozen food sales in the U.S. and Europe have nearly doubled, a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
The challenges created by the pandemic have not only created a new demand for frozen foods, but exacerbated production challenges. Nonetheless, frozen food processors must trek forward producing food without compromising safety. Fortunately, new technologies make frozen food safety in a rapidly changing environment attainable.
The Thermo Scientific Sentinel 1000 Selectscan Metal Detector is an example of these new technologies. It alleviates many of the aforementioned challenges by offering a high-performing, flexible contaminant detection solution. Selectscan, the latest metal detection technology, is the use of one fully flexible frequency per product application ranging from 50 to 1000 kHz. By using a unique, optimized frequency for each product, a higher level of metal detection can be reached for all products because there is no need to compromise by choosing a single fixed frequency for all.
Since the Selectscan technology can detect at any frequency from 50 to 1000 kHz it can be used for a wide range of product effect compensation for any product. By dialing-in the best frequency for the application, small metal contaminants can be reliably detected that previously could not be found using a single-frequency device. The Sentinel 1000 metal detector is a powerful single frequency metal detection solution, hosting the features and flexibility needed to keep frozen food safe in the new normal.
To learn more about why the Sentinel 1000 Selectscan Metal Detector is an ideal solution for metal detection in frozen foods, read the application note, Assuring the Safety of Frozen Foods During a Global Pandemic – and Beyond.