Scanner to detect food contamination devised

New techniques to detect potential food contamination have been devised as a result of Smithers Pira research, carried out for the Food Standards Agency. A scanner capable of detecting the seepage of printing ink chemicals from the outer surface of food packaging to the inner surface has been developed.

The scanner could provide a quality control test for the food packaging industry and regulators, the Agency suggested, although it has no plans to put it into commercial production. However, the research, which took more than two years, proves that detection equipment for this type of work can be developed, it said.