In case you missed it, in the beginning of February an odd news story was floating around the internet and getting airtime in broadcast news. A relic of World War I was found in a shipment of potatoes in Hong Kong. What was the relic? A hand grenade.
The un-detonated WWI hand grenade was found in a shipment of chipping potatoes that was shipped to snack food producer, Calbee, in Hong Kong. Incredibly, the grenade survived almost a century in a field in France, harvested with the potatoes and shipped to Hong Kong, where it was detonated on the factory grounds.
While incredible, this story highlights the importance of food safety, something we take seriously in our potato packing shed. We strive to ensure our processing plant is not only efficient and we try to eliminate damage to our potatoes, we also try to ensure our customers receive product that is safe for their factory.
We can confidently say we wouldn’t ship chipping potatoes overseas with hand grenades in them. It’s a pretty safe claim since we’re not near any modern war zones, but also because, as you recall, we have a metal detector on our export line. Initially, the Fortress Metal Detector was installed to ensure wire, nails or any other metal items wouldn’t slip past our optical sorter or hand sorting crews and into customer orders. Now, it appears there’s another good purpose.
We have invested in a lot of systems in place to make sure our customers receive a product that not only meets their high standards of quality, but is also safe. Though this seems like an odd story to make light of, to us it puts a spotlight on why it’s important to invest in the equipment we have in our potato processing plant. Food safety is something we take seriously at Gold Dust & Walker Farms, and we’ve invested in the equipment to reduce the chances of something our customers don’t want making it out of our shed.