Food Safe Packaging
It is estimated that Australia, on average, deals with 4.1 million cases of food-related diseases on a yearly basis. According to the Food Safety Information Council, these are easily avoidable through awareness of proper food handling and packaging.
Packaging plays a crucial role in ensuring food safety across the supply chain. When the materials used are unsuitable for the function they serve, the food items they contain are prone to contaminants, tampering, or physical damage. That's why food packaging should be made to withstand shipment, material handling, and storage like the ones from The Pouch Shop.
Food Grade Packaging - What You Need To Know
Materials must be non-toxic and safe for human consumption in order to be classified as food grade. Food grade packaging is essential because products are frequently in direct contact with devices used to manufacture food products.
Chemical compounds in the materials may get into the product, or in some cases, small pieces of the substances may get into the product and are consumed.
Legal Requirements for Food Packaging - Australia
The Food Standards Code requires every manufacturer of food packaging to:
- only use packaging material that is fit for its intended purpose;
- only use material that is not likely to cause food contamination;
- ensure there is no likelihood that the food may become contaminated during the packaging process.
Why Food Grade Packaging is Crucial for Any Food Business
Protects Against Food Contamination
Substances and bacteria can contaminate food products grown and manufactured locally or globally. Food that is shipped or stored for a long time is more likely to be exposed to or come into contact with contaminants.
Packaging boxes and bags that are faulty or not up to the Food Standards Code could lead to health risks. That is one of the primary reasons why proper packaging and testing packaging integrity are critical.
Protects from Physical Damage & Tampering
Food is both prone to contaminants, and physical damage and tampering. They are most vulnerable when they are shipped from the manufacturer to restaurants or supermarkets. Both the manufacturer and the buyer want the products to arrive safely and in one piece.
Packaging should be food grade and secure. Tamper indication features like anti-tampering labels, special packaging membranes, and other breakaway closures can be added. This ensures that no harmful chemicals or substances can make the food unsafe for customer consumption.
Any food company should make certain that the materials they buy and use for food packaging are strong enough to withstand shipping and handling while also assuaging consumers' concerns about tampering.
Maintains Freshness & Improves Shelf Life
The technology used by manufacturers in packaging food has evolved over the years making it possible to ship any food item from one part of the globe to another, all while preserving its quality.
This technological advancement also benefits the shelf life aspect of food packaging. Poor packing reduces shelf life and causes food safety issues. Most people believe that storing food at low temperatures extends shelf life; this is only partially true. When food is exposed to oxygen, it will degrade.
Choosing suitable materials will add value to the integrity of the food packaging and subsequently ease any customer worry about freshness and short shelf life.
Food Packaging - Online at The Pouch Shop
TPS offers a large range of food packaging supplies for your business. We are proud to say that we help a number of small to medium-sized businesses across Australia with packaging food products.
Best Selling Pouches
We pride ourselves on providing both small and medium-sized Australian businesses with quality food packaging solutions. We offer a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials used to suit any needs. Whether you need to pack confectionery and chocolate items or bath salts and body scrubs, we've got you covered!
Sealing your plastic bags securely is critical in product packaging. This prevents contamination, extends the shelf life of products, and keeps perishable goods fresh. Contact The Pouch Shop if you require high-quality, low-cost heat sealers. We are reputable packaging suppliers in Melbourne, Australia, known for providing practical packaging solutions at reasonable prices.
Custom Digital Printing and Mockups
If you've grown as a business and are in need of custom packaging and food labeling, our team can help you out. We can print out custom designs on a handful of our pouches to showcase your personality as a business. We can also provide you with mockups to test reliability, durability, and functionality. See if your packaging will serve its purpose!
Taken an interest in our food safe packaging solutions? Contact us today or check out our website! We can provide you with product samples so you can test the materials for yourself.