By Larry Dworkin
Despite the fact that most food processors and retailers utilize HACCP standards in their operations, many do not insist that their packaging suppliers be HACCP compliant – even though food safety standards, such as PAC’s PACsecure initiative, exist for packaging materials.
In essence, packaging materials are part of the food processors’ ingredient list, and it only makes good common sense that they should be treated the same as any substance when it comes to food safety.
For many packaging firms, which have become PACsecure certified, it also means they are adding a level of due diligence when it comes to their customer’s needs.
Over the past decade, The Packaging Association (PAC – formerly the Packaging Association of Canada) has developed five food safety standards for packaging materials that are based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) criteria – a criteria recognized by the United Nations and most of the food industry worldwide.