Adding beneficial properties to reusable transit pallets

With the rise in automation and an increasing demand for more sustainable packaging solutions, additive specialist SteriTouch has developed products to improve both hygiene and traceability.

The use of reusable plastic transit packaging is on the increase, in part due to traditional wooden pallets proving costly and unreliable.  However, the nature of reusable packaging inevitably brings contamination risks, especially where foodstuff, most notably poultry, is involved.

SteriTouch has been producing antimicrobial additives for plastics and coatings for fifteen years, utilising ionic silver to provide permanent antimicrobial protection to products such as hand dryers, hospital paints and conveyor belting.  Recently launched is the SCOPIC brand of detectable additives, which impart metal and x-ray detectability into plastic and rubber products which have the potential to contaminate a supply chain.

Developed primarily for use in food production and transport, foreign objects entering the supply chain can cause catastrophic issues for manufacturers, with production often grinding to a halt. Fragments of consumables found in these areas such as pens, seals and pallets can shear and enter the production line which, left undetected, can lead to expensive recalls and reputational risk amongst suppliers and consumers.

Equipment moulded from SCOPIC detectable masterbatches or compounds can be identified by modern detection equipment should any part enter the production line by accident. The size of material which can be detected is limited only by the detector itself. Detectable additives are used in a variety of situations, to maintain HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) requirements, protect against expensive recalls and safeguard consumers and brand reputation.

With extensive in-house facilities including a technical testing laboratory, SteriTouch is uniquely placed to offer any combination of products required to solve manufacturer or end user issues. Tensile and impact testers are in place to identify weaknesses in the material, which can be an issue with detectable fillers, yet one we can mitigate against – and even strengthen the original material in some cases. Aged UV testing with weathering stations can be used to prove durability where products are left outside for long periods.

There are many different cost-effective detectable options available, and with in-house technical facilities a solution can be developed specifically for your material or application. Masterbatch can be manufactured to match your base material or simply supplied as a ready-qualified compound, with any combination of metal detectable, X-Ray opaque and antimicrobial. Approved masterbatches are available for use in direct contact with food, and the additional use of SteriTouch will ensure the protection of the end product against mould, biofilm and harmful bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, E.Coli and Campylobacter.


For an informal conversation about the next step in protecting your products, please call 01495211400 or email