Food & beverages
The food, feed and beverage industries are developing rapidly, as are the needs of manufacturers. Government food inspection agencies continue to monitor food sources while tightening regulations. Many manufacturers have implemented continuous production processes and have begun to enforce source, authenticity and related quality and safety testing programs.
These testing programs demand rapid chemical information feedback systems to ensure quality control and minimize waste. PANalytical's X-ray fluorescence (XRF), near-infrared (NIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) solutions provide a wealth of information for the food, feed, and beverage industries.
Typical applications include
- Pre-mix blending control
- Nutrient mineral (element) quantification
- Rapid salt content analysis
- Source confirmation and identification
- Heavy metal screening
- Nanomaterial research
Enhancing food production and quality control using XRF
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis can not only reduce manufacturing costs but also improve product quality. At-line and online XRF equipment can provide answers within minutes, allowing process modifications to be made swiftly. An application example where XRF is of great value is monitoring key nutrient and mineral content including salt, calcium and iron during the production of processed food products. Closely monitoring key micronutrients can produce significant cost savings and prevent reputation damaging product recalls.