Food Inspection Services

Food x-ray inspection for a wide range of food and packaging types

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AIS’ advanced x-ray technology can detect quality issues and foreign body contaminants within virtually any food or drink items.

Our food x-ray inspection services are exceptionally reliable and highly customisable. We can x-ray food and FMCG in all shapes, sizes and forms of packaging – often without removing goods from the cases.

What’s more, our service is always fast, cost-effective and confidential. We will help put your goods back into distribution quickly and safely with no adverse effect on its quality or your brand integrity.

What food types do we inspect?

ISO accredited

Certified to operate a Quality Management System

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Food safety standards: HACCP, TACCP, GFSI & GMP

Our food x-ray inspection service is ISO accredited to help manufacturers and suppliers achieve regulatory compliance including HACCP and TACCP.

How do we ensure food safety and quality?

AIS’ high resolution x-ray machines can simultaneously perform accurate foreign body detection and identify common manufacturing faults.

When a batch needs to be urgently inspected, AIS will provide an immediate response and assessment. Our knowledgeable team are on hand to assess the suitability of your suspected problem, and manage a potential food recall should the need arise.

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Free, immediate and confidential evaluation

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AIS also provide food x-ray inspection services for routine quality checks at a simple per-unit cost.

Book a free and confidential evaluation or request a call back by our experienced team.

Potential recall crisis?

Our service is always fast and reliable

Routine quality checks

Available at a simple per-unit cost

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Food Inspection FAQs

Is x-ray harmful for food?

The detection of physical defects and contaminants using X-ray technology is an important part of quality control for specific food businesses.

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At AIS, we use advanced x-ray technology to inspect food for physical contaminants and for quality control.

X-ray inspection of food does not cause it to become radioactive1. X-ray inspection which delivers a dose of less than 0.5 Gy to food products is permitted under EU Directive 1999/2/EC. The typical dose for an x-ray linescan system, such as at AIS, is less than 0.2 milli-Gy.

Consumers should experience no change in food quality other than improvement by the removal of undesirable contamination; a statement supported by leading brands across the world.

Scientific evidence

A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) proved that food that has passed through an x-ray inspection system remains safe to eat and loses none of its nutritional value.

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) study in 1997 confirms that food radiation levels up to 10,000 Gy does not affect food safety or nutritional value
  • The dose levels used in x-ray inspection are less than one ten millionth of those used in the WHO study
  • This level is so low that organic food can be subject to x-ray inspection with no diminution of its organic status

In comparison, the dose level for food irradiation (to destroy bacteria) is much higher.
(1) For further information please read our dedicated FAQs page – “How safe is X-ray Inspection?” – describing the differences between food x-ray inspection and food irradiation.