No one likes to think about harmful chemicals or outside materials seeping into the food that they eat.
Unfortunately, however, such leaks are a real concern for those in the food industry, as well as for consumers. The good news, though, is that there is a wide array of leak detection equipment currently on the market that is specifically designed for use with food products and food packaging.
You can make use of this equipment in addition to following simple tips for detecting and reducing leaks in food packaging. If you can do that, you should get great results and ultimately experience much fewer (if any) leakage issues.
1. Consider the Altitude Simulation Technique
To start off with, one of the best ways to test for and find leaks in food packaging is through a technique known as the altitude simulation technique.
With this method, you can test foods and their packaging at various altitudes using a vacuum chamber.
While this method is beneficial for a wide range of situations and for many different packaging types, it is particularly effective if you will be shipping food by plane or by other methods that involve severe altitude changes.
Via this method, you can protect against leaks no matter what your shipping process may involve.
2. Avoid Plastic Packaging
Something else you may want to consider, if you are really serious about avoiding leakage, is to ditch plastic packaging for your food products altogether.
While it is certainly true that not all plastic packaging is bad, it is also true that plastic tends to be one of the worst culprits when it comes to “springing a leak” or, vice versa, to letting harmful chemicals seep into food.
If you want to be truly safe and eliminate a lot of worry and hassle, then abandoning plastic packaging altogether is not a bad idea.
3. Try Ultrasonic Sealing
If you’re truly serious about leakage detection and prevention, then you may want to consider a more advanced technological solution: ultrasonic sealing.
This modern sealing method allows you to seal food packaging via a vibration process. This process can get rid of any contamination, if present, and keep further contamination from happening, all within just a few seconds of use.
While this method may be costly, it is certainly worthwhile due to its effectiveness and the peace of mind it offers.
4. Try the Bubble Emission Test
One final thing you may wish to try is the “bubble emission test,” which allows you to check for any packaging leaks by submerging the packaging in water.
Obviously, if bubbles appear once submerged, the packaging is not leak-proof and will need some work, making this a very simple, affordable, and surprisingly effective method to test your packaging.
As you can see, there are many great ways to detect and avoid leakage in food packaging. By following these tips, you can ensure your food products are as safe and as healthy as you designed them to be.