According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an estimated 13 percent of the world’s food is lost in the supply chain from post-harvest prior to retail. In times of rising hunger levels and increasing pressure on earth’s resources, that is a fact that is hard to digest.
Reflection on Food Loss and Waste #FLW
Is there a way around? A way to make sure that carefully produced food commodities actually do make it to retail after harvest? It is International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, so today, but actually every day, we reflect on the question how food loss and waste can be reduced.
Foreign materials in food commodities
No matter how good care passionate farmers and food processors take of their produce, moisture, insects and so-called foreign materials can lower the yield as well as the amount of food that actually makes it to retail. Let’s take a closer look at foreign materials, which are defined as any kind of outside contaminant introduced to a food product at any point in its production or distribution.
Foreign materials are commonly found in commodities and may arise from equipment design flaws, structural issues, or employee handling. Glass is the one most reported in food. To avoid consumer injury and reputational damage and not least to prevent food waste, NCP offers cleaning services.
News: laser sorter for even more precise detection
Our state-of-the-art cleaning line helps get rid of food hazards and thus prevents food from getting wasted. The line’s main features include an aspirator, screens and an x-ray. The latter one especially fit to remove hard or sharp objects such as stones, metal, or glass, for that matter. What’s more, we have recently added a laser sorter, allowing for even more precise detection and a wider variety of foreign materials.
That’s how we play our role, however small, by adding to the supply chain our years of experience in reconditioning tree nuts. So that they do make it to retail.
People and planet
How may we be of service to you? So that, together, we can work towards the reduction of food loss and waste. And make a difference for the people, for the planet.
Because every day, every ounce counts…
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.
Nuts Cleaning & Packaging B.V.
Tol 14 | 4251 PX | Werkendam | The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 183 74 59 86