The manufacture of safe packaging and packaging materials is a critical part of ensuring the integrity and safety of the food supply chain.
The packaging for food and feed has many essential functions from protecting its contents against contamination or damage, leakage or loss, to providing a show case for the marketing of the product to the consumer, the provision of obligatory product information and the of display of requisite labelling. Packaging can however present its own risks to the product if inappropriate or unsanitary components are used which may result in the contamination of the product from toxins, chemical migration or breakages from the use of fragile glass or hard plastics.
The sector is bound by many regulations and there are a variety of elements in the production and function of food packaging that must be considered. Added to this is the wide variety of component materials which include glass, plastic, metal and paper all of which have their own inherent risks.
“As a leader in the Packaging Industry, Graham Packaging Company selected the FSSC 22000 Certification system to complement our existing ISO based Quality Management System and provide a Food Safety Management element. This allows Graham Packaging Company to validate that our operations are not just compliant with, and exceeding recognized food safety standards, but also further build confidence with our customer base that our operations protect both their interests and the interests of the consumer.”Graham Packaging Company
FSSC 22000 provides a certification Scheme that incorporates an in-depth hazard analysis in a robust food safety management system to control the food safety hazards, minimize risks and assure the production of safe packaging and packaging materials. Using the international standards; ISO 22000 for food safety management systems with ISO/TS 22002-4, the sector specific pre-requisite programs for food packaging manufacturing and the FSSC 22000 additional requirements, FSSC 22000 ensures consistent, high quality audits which are monitored by an integrity program to measure and maintain performance for the delivery of safe packaging and packaging materials all over the world.
FSSC 22000 is applicable to all organizations that manufacture primary and secondary food and feed packaging and/or intermediate components, such as:
- Flexible and rigid plastics, such as foils, blisters, crates, sachets
- Paper, such as cartons, boxes, sacks
- Metal, such as cans, bottles, boxes
- Glass, such as jars, bottles
- Shipping and transport containers, such as big bags, drums, tanks