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Now Available: 2 New Courses on Foreign Materials

By Product Management Team |

Did you know that food recalls due to foreign material contamination have risen sharply over the last few years? Intertek Alchemy understands that contaminated food products can cost millions in wasted product, recalls, lawsuits, and loss of sales due to a damaged reputation. In many cases, your frontline workers are the best & last line of defense in the battle against foreign materials.

Foreign material of any kind can potentially introduce a physical hazard to your products. These can range from natural sources such as rocks, wood, shells or bones, to processing components such as metal shavings, glass pieces, or equipment parts. There are several potential ways that foreign materials can be introduced to your products throughout the food production process.  It’s critical for you to ensure that your products are safe from physical hazards.

Appropriate employee training is the key for minimizing foreign object contamination, as it is vital for workers to understand the importance of food safety and the need to actively identify hazards and take corrective action. And this ensures that you are dedicated to providing your customers with the best product possible.

With that in mind, Intertek Alchemy is excited to announce that two complementary new courses on foreign materials will be added to your library (see new course list below). In these new courses, your frontline workers will learn:

  • Why foreign materials are dangerous
  • The importance of protecting products from foreign materials
  • Actions to take if foreign materials are discovered in your products


Newly added course list:

  • Foreign Materials Exclusion: Overview
  • Foreign Material Exclusion: Employee Role


These courses are available in English, Spanish, and Canadian French via eLearning and Player under the Food Safety Category. Below are instructions to access it in both formats:


Search for UDM0205- Foreign Material Exclusion: Overview & UDM0206- Foreign Material Exclusion: Employee Role in the Food Safety category of your Alchemy Manager eLearning Course Catalog.



Player 7
To download UDM0205- Foreign Material Exclusion: Overview & UDM0206- Foreign Material Exclusion: Employee Role to your Player computer, here’s a quick video to walk you thru the process.



If the download did not work… you are most likely on an older version of Player and need to upgrade to Player 7. The process is quick and easy:


  1. Download the Player 7.06 upgrade.
  2. Open the zip file, extract ALL files and folders to your Player computer.
  3. Double click on the “AlchemyPlayerSetup” file.


Congrats! You’re ready to follow the Player 7 instructions above to download the new course.


If you’re unable to upgrade at this time, please contact Support and we will assist you.



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