What You Should Know About Regulations for Food Grade Bulk Bags
FIBCs, also known as bulk bags, are widely-used by food businesses. But not every FIBC is built to handle the rigorous demands and safety needs of the industry.
Stringent quality measures are imperative to ensure that the goal of food safety and hygiene is fulfilled along the entire supply chain — from the producers to processing units to end-consumers.
The leading enforcement agencies that control the global regulatory circuit for food safety include the American Institute of Baking (AIB), British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BRCGS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), International Organization for Standardization (ISO 22000), and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
If you are looking to purchase food-grade bulk bags, you must be aware of the regulatory guidelines enforced by these agencies.
Packaging Production Facility
Adequate safety measures to maintain a cleanroom environment for the production of food-grade bulk bags is essential. These measures include:
- Installation of proper ventilation at the facility
- Undertake appropriate pest control procedures
- System to detect metal
- Ultrasonic cutting of material
- Light table inspection to eliminate contamination chances
- Regular vacuum or air-cleaning
- Suitable wardrobe for personnel
- Stress on maintenance of personnel hygiene
- Enforcement of HACCP program
- Appropriate record-keeping to detect anomalies
The Global Food Standards Initiative attempts to streamline global best practices in food handling and production. The forum promotes existing third-party schemes like FSSC 22000 – October 2011 issue, BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials – Issue 4, IFS PACsecure – Vol. 1, and SQF Code-7th Edn.-Level II.
Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA)
The FSMA includes Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Food, enforced in 2016. These rules make packaging manufacturers accountable to their customers for quality control. Further, these also propose to make foreign supplier verification mandatory to ensure that food packaging doesn’t contain any undisclosed allergens.
A leading producer of food-grade bulk bags, Bulk Corp International has duly earned its certifications ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14000: 2015, ISO 45000:2018, and BRC-ISSUE VI to manufacture FIBCs that are safe to carry food products. Thanks to our fully compliant production facilities managed by experienced professionals, we are a reputed and reliable food-grade FIBC manufacturer that you can trust. Contact us to know more about our products and production practices.