New facility offers off-site contamination and anomaly screening

Published: 18-Mar-2014

X-ray and metal detectors provide rapid food, beverage and pharmaceutical product evaluation

A new Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Sunnyvale, California, is now available to assist in addressing the safety and quality concerns of food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Product Assurance Services and Solutions (PASS) from Thermo Fisher offers rapid response for companies requiring off-site packaged product evaluation to address possible foreign object contamination concerns. Additionally, the PASS facility can inspect products for processing anomalies (such as clumps), as well as broken or missing components (empty pharmaceutical blisters etc.).

PASS facilities handle a broad range of metal, glass, plastic or paper packaging types, including both rigid and flexible structures such as steel cans, metallised film, plastic bottles, blister packs, folding cartons, multilayer materials and more. In addition to off-site contamination/anomaly screening, trained technicians perform on-site services for local companies.

The new Northern California facility is the company’s third global PASS location. The other two facilities are located in Barrington, Illinois and Rugby, UK. Last year, the PASS facilities collectively evaluated more than 8 million packages.

'We are here to help customers get accurate and reliable results so that they are able to make informed decisions affecting the safety of the public,' said Darren Eaton, global manager, PASS, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

'By locating this facility in close proximity to this high production area, we help reduce the turnaround time and expense associated with urgent product contamination inspection issues.'

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