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Webinar – Food Safety Hazards Series: Physical Hazards

On December 16th 2021, PPO and Food Safety Tech presented a webinar titled, “Food Safety Hazards Series: Physical Hazards.” This webinar was presented by Scott Ruttgaizer, Product Manager at PPO; Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief at Food Safety Tech; Shawn Stevens, Food Safety Consultant and Lawyer at Food Safety Counsel, LLC; Casey Gallimore, Director, Regulatory & Scientific …

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The North American Meat Institute’s Foreign Materials Manual

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recently published their 2021 Foreign Material Manual. PPO is proud to have partnered with NAMI to develop this manual, in particular the Vision Systems section!  The manual is a comprehensive compilation of information for establishments to consider when designing a Foreign Material Control & Prevention Program (FMCPP), covering the …

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Developing Artificial Intelligence Models For a Meat Processing Plant

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the way we produce and process food. PPO uses both AI and machine learning in the Smart Imaging System, to improve the safety and quality of what we eat. AI and machine learning allow the system to identify and remove even hard-to-spot foreign material in-stream. They also …

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Webinar – The More The Merrier: A Multi-Hurdle Approach to Detection

On June 24th 2021, PPO and Food Safety Tech presented a webinar titled, “The More The Merrier: A Multi-Hurdle Approach to Detection.” This webinar was presented by Olga Pawluczyk, CEO of PPO; Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief at Food Safety Tech; and Jeremiah Johnson, Corporate Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Food Safety & Sanitation at Hormel Foods. Jeremiah Johnson …

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3 Reasons Why Food Processors Should Know About Spectrometers

Spectrometers are the heart of PPO’s Smart Imaging System. A lot goes into building these precision instruments. Our recent video series “Lights, Cameras, Spectrometers” gives you an insider view on how PPO builds our spectrometers. But how do these sensitive tools work in a food processing plant? And why is it important for food processors …

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Xenics and PPO: A Case Study

Xenics Infrared Solutions recently featured P&P Optica in their white paper titled “Automated Assessment of Food Quality and Safety”. Xenic’s Cheetah cameras are an important part of PPO’s spectrometers. This white paper outlines PPO’s inspection solution for food processors, and why we chose to use Xenics technology in our Smart Imaging System. It also explains …

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Webinar – Preventing Contamination: It’s All About Detection

On February 11th 2021, Olga Pawluczyk, CEO of PPO; and Casey Gallimore, Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) presented a webinar on detection methods for food processors.The webinar covered tools you can use to understand how different inspection systems will perform in your plant, and to make decisions …

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Preventing Food Contamination: It’s All About Detection

When it comes to finding foreign materials, there are a lot of options available to food processors: X-rays, metal detectors, visual detection systems and manual inspectors, to name a few. But no matter what methods you choose to make sure your products are free of contaminants, it’s crucial to understand exactly how that system will …

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Webinar – Helping Poultry Processors Increase Automation and Optimize Production

On October 22nd, PPO and Fieldale Farms presented a webinar specifically for poultry processors. The webinar was presented by Tim Stork, PPO’s Product Manager; Danny Jeng, PPO’s Product Development Specialist; and Corbett Kloster, Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance at Fieldale Tim Stork kicked off the webinar with a quick introduction to PPO’s Smart …

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Webinar – The Science of Spectroscopy

On June 18th, PPO presented a webinar that went in depth into spectrometers, how they’re made, and why they are so important for our system. The webinar was presented by Priya Krishnaswamy, PPO’s Optics Specialist; Michael Griffiths, PPO’s Application Specialist.  The webinar began by covering the basics of spectroscopy, then moving to how spectrometers are …

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