August 12, 2013
FDA to Lower Acceptable Amount of Arsenic in Apple Juice-Part Two
Recently, the FDA announced that it will place restrictions on the amount of arsenic that is allowed in apple juice. Arsenic, a naturally occurring but toxic chemical found in apples—as well as a known carcinogen—has been monitored for years but has recently come under scrutiny due to high levels that have been discovered recently in juice products.
So when it comes to monitoring products for arsenic content, manufacturers will have to be aware that the consequences are strict. Apple juice that contains more than 10 parts per billion could be removed from the market and could impose legal repercussions for producers. Therefore, juice manufacturers will have to find a way to monitor every glass for arsenic. And this process should begin before the apple is even pressed into liquid.
With statistical process control software, it will be possible for juice manufacturers to trace individual pieces of fruit back to the farm from which it came. Thanks to traceability measures that mobile statistical process control software is capable of, it is possible to monitor soil samples as well as pesticide use amongst individual products.
This sort of intelligence can prove invaluable to manufacturers when tracing the chemical components of a product back to its original location. If pesticide, for example, is found in a cup of juice, Manufacturing Intelligence software can identify the exact apples that were pressed into the mixture—and this can be detected before it is shipped out to customers.
This is done through the measurement of real-time analytics. Based on real-time information, process lines can be shut down automatically if test levels start to meet or exceed 10 parts per billion of arsenic, the maximum amount according to the proposed regulations. With such software, executives will not have to worry about compliance and hence the safety of their products because the software will constantly monitor for variation in consistency.