PACKAGING MATERIALS AN IMPORTANT LINK IN THE FOOD SAFETY SUPPLY CHAIN
written by CHERYL SULLIVAN
While food processors and retailers understand the necessity to practice food safety in their operations, few have demanded that their packaging suppliers exercise the same due diligence. Today, with more and more emphasis on product safety, transparency, and traceability throughout the entire supply chain, companies are recognizing the need to include packaging.
Packaging materials are an essential 'ingredient' for food processors and because primary packaging comes in direct contact, it must be free from contaminates. It is critical that the materials, adhesives, inks and other components of the packaging be safe for food contact. In addition, the material must be produced, handled, and stored with food safety in mind. Secondary material suppliers also need to exercise safe practices to ensure correct labeling and that materials arrive free from contaminates.
Developed by industry for industry
The IFS PACsecure Standard was developed specifically by industry for industry to identify hazards associated with packaging manufacturing processes. This makes it unique in that, while it addresses the safety requirements for food products, the Standard was specifically created for packaging and not as an addendum to an existing food standard.
Packaging companies with IFS PACsecure certification report that meeting the requirements has increased their due diligence and operational effectiveness. In addition, continuous improvement has become part of the culture of their organizations.
The Standard covers 6 primary areas of the business:
- Senior Management Responsibility
- Quality Management System
- Resource Management
- Planning and Production Process
- Measurements and Analysis
- Defense and Security