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Canada: State of the art food safety equipment adds value to Prince Edward Island table potatoes

The P.E.I. potato harvest is quickly wrapping up for 2017 with good quality, average yields and strong prices for growers. The industry is worth an estimated $1 billion annually to the provincial economy. (P.E.I. Potato Board)It will now be possible for a Prince Edward Island fresh potato processing operation to inspect the inside of potatoes with new technology called the Sherlock Separator-2400. On Friday, RWL Holdings Ltd received more than $400,000 provincial funding to acquire and install specialized food safety equipment. The Sherlock Separator, manufactured by Austrian based company Insort, is a chemical imaging machine that uses new technology to inspect the inside of potatoes without removing the skin. The machine makes RWL in Prince Edward Island the first location in Canada to have the ability to screen raw potatoes for foreign material with their peelings on. 

“This world-class chemical imaging uses the highest level of resolution to remove defective product such as wet rot, dry rot, sun burn and scab,” said Austin Roberts of RWL Holdings Ltd. “This advancement is significant in protecting P.E.I.’s processing crop to market and places P.E.I. as one of the world leaders in food safety and quality in potato production.”

RWL Holdings is a value-added potato preparation company that offers services to local producers including cleaning, drying, grading and load optimization. 

Sources: The Guardian / Canada.ca

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