Did you know cross-contamination causes more than 100,000 hospitalizations a year?
At Packaging Personified we believe in full disclosure and making sure you know what your food packaging will come in contact with. With the development of foodborne allergens, we take the highest precautions to ensure your packaging is safe from major food allergens. According to the FDA, major food allergens consist of one of the following food groups or a protein derived from the food group:
- Crustacean shellfish
- Tree nuts
In addition, we do not intentionally use cornstarch, sulfites, or sulfur dioxide in bags we produce. We uphold the highest allergen controls to ensure each product we produce is within the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).
Cross-contamination can cause life threatening or fatal reactions. At Packaging Personified, we take the steps to ensure that no major food allergens are in our manufacturing plants.
Cross-contamination is the occurrence of a defined substance coming in contact with shared equipment, environment, or transportation of a product that is being packaged for sale. The control of cross-contamination involves multiple phases, so you can rest assured that your product will not come in contact with allergens during the manufacturing or packaging process.
- Raw Material Management – Keeping our raw materials separate from any allergens keeps the initial step of our packaging process clear of allergens. With the help of our traceability program, we have a continuous eye on where raw materials are stored, where they come from, and where they are used in our manufacturing plants.
- Segregation During Transportation, Storage, and Handling – With many companies relying on us for their packaging needs, we always store items by their end function. Understanding what your product will be used for will help keep allergens from coming in contact with your packaging. Placing an additional layer of protection around your merchandise while in transport is another solution to deter blow-off contamination that can occur from air movement.
- Cleaning and Ventilation – The use of machines in our warehouse is continually under the scrutiny of our HACCP plan. To ensure the safety of all products, we thoroughly clean, disinfect, and ventilate the machines and area your products will be made in. Keeping our manufacturing area in a state of cleanliness is important to your final product.
Our allergen program ensures that no cross-contamination will occur throughout all the stages of your packaging process. It’s important to us that your business continues to be reputable in the final stage of your product.