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Northern Foods has contracted Norprint Labelling Systems to supply more than one million metal detectable labels each year. The new range of aluminium reversed labels, known as Food-Safe labels, have been designed to work within Northern Foods’ ‘SAP’ IT system, to allow it to trace label fragments at any stage of the production process.

As any food production process for mixed ingredients recipes most commonly takes place across a number of areas in a production facility, contamination cases can often occur at any time. With the new Food-Safe labelling range, as well as detecting any actual contamination before delivery to its customers, Northern Foods can use the range as a vehicle to print production and batch information, enabling complete traceability.

The two companies have been developing the new of labels over the past year and now have a full range of standardised tray end labels, self-adhesive labels and keyhole tags which will be used across the companies within the Northern Foods Group.

Each standardised label in the range can then be continually developed in any colour or design to make it more bespoke for use by any one of Northern Foods’ companies. Information can be added to labels in the range by using computer driven over printers or by hand.

Nigel Harrison, of Northern Foods’ SAP Technical Team, comments: “Where necessary, we are always keen to introduce consistent controls and procedures across Northern Foods. The new metal detectable label range allows us to ensure greater consistency of ‘duty of care’ throughout the group and also dramatically reduces the likelihood of label contamination reaching our customers.”

All of the products within the Food-Safe metal detectable labelling range can be detected by all current detection systems and are suitable for independent, mix traceability and batch tracking. Norprint’s range of metal detectable products is not exclusive to Northern Foods and can be developed for use in any food manufacturing environments.

has a new Thermo King UTS refrigeration unit, supplied by Marshall Thermo King, which is being used to deliver fresh meat products nationwide. Unlike most units which are ‘nose-mounted’, the UTS system is installed under the vehicle. Using Thermo King’s scroll compressor system, the TS range, including the UTS, offers the highest capacity single temperature unit for large straight trucks, ensuring tight temperature control under demanding multi-drop circumstances.

Specialist meat and poultry retailer Idel is using a bespoke, temperature-controlled vehicle from Refrigerated Vehicles (UK). The mobile butcher’s shop is operating in London and the Home Counties. The new 13-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego 1323L is fitted with a 6,931mm long dual compartment box body. Features include a two-part serving hatch, single-phase generator.

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