A small stalk on a raisin, a stone in a dried plum, a stone or piece of glass that’s been left behind? A fig contaminated by aflatoxin?
The rules on food safety are being tightened worldwide, and consumers too have become more demanding. The presence of foreign materials or inferior products is not only a matter of food safety – in times of growing competition, quality problems are downright harmful to your reputation.
Unfortunately you don’t have control of the quality of the fruit. One season is not the other. Providing constant quality is therefore challenging.
You should also think about your profitability. Whatever dried fruit you process, you want to be able to offer your customers a quality product that meets the highest standards in the industry and is profitable.
In short, it is important to optimize your sorting process: detect as many foreign materials and defects as possible, and without unnecessarily removing good products.