Food packaging machines across the country may be operating in high gear as the nation begins to prepare for its second hurricane in just the last two week. As more and more residents of the states of Texas, Louisiana, and now, Florida deal with the challenges of having to evacuate from their home for an extended period of time, shelters across the country are relying of products that require food packaging machines and other kinds of safety inspections. Although some shelters are looking for ways to provide home cooked meals to emergency responders and hurricane victims alike, it may be necessary for some food processing plants to escalate their productions as other plants in the south find themselves dealing with damages caused by strong winds and record rainfalls.
From x-ray machines for food inspection to pouch filling machines, many Americans will rely on the packaged food industry to keep them nourished as these folks navigate their way through these disasters.
Food Packaging Industry Standards Strive to Keep consumers Safe
The fast and efficient packaging of food brought with it both advantages and some frightening disadvantages. Fortunately, the industry found ways to monitor itself and implement safety measures to avoid the disadvantages that could occur with the very fast processing and packaging of food. In fact, with the latest metal detectors and x-ray food inspection machines the food processing industry is able to provide safe food to consumers all across the country.
Consider some of these statistics about the food processing industry and the measures that are taken to keep products safe:
- 52% of people around the world make purchase decisions partially due to packaging that shows a brand making a positive social and environmental impact
- Each pound of plastic packaging reduce food waste by up to 1.7 pounds, according to packaging experts.
- 60% of the population in America, nearly 148 million people, have access to a plastics recycling program.
- Every year, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.
- Ferrous, non ferrous, and stainless steel are the three main groups of metallic contaminants that a food metal detector can sense.
- Refrigerators should be set no higher than 40F and freezers set at 0F because cold temperatures keep harmful bacteria from growing and multiplying.
If you find yourself in temporary housing because of recent flooding, you may be looking for fast and easy food options. Every food option, however, needs to be healthy and safe.