A new generation of injection machines has been developed to remove contaminated sand from the food supply, and the first machines have already been installed in supermarkets and restaurants in Ireland.RTE has learned that the first machine to be deployed is a machine from the UK company Sandwiches, and will be used in supermarkets across the country.
Sandwiches are a specialist supplier of injection machine technology to the Irish Food and Drink (IFD) industry, but are also working on other types of machines.
Injecting machines are typically used to remove the contaminated surface of food products from food.
Sandwich injection machines are designed to inject the food and then place it back into the container.
These machines are more expensive, but the machines can deliver more food into the consumer’s stomach than traditional machines can.
A Sandwichs machine is about the size of a small car and can inject the contents of about two sandwiches, while a typical injection machine can inject between one and four sandwiches.
A machine used by Sandwicches can extract around 0.5% of the food inside the sandwich.
Sandwicches are able to deliver an estimated 40,000 sandwiches a year, so the machine can be a huge help in reducing food waste in the Irish food chain.
It will be installed at stores across Ireland from January this year, and is intended to be used by customers in all types of stores, from supermarkets to small businesses.