Food packaging safety testing

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

What is food packaging safety?

Stringent international and national regulations safeguard the integrity of food contact materials such as food packaging, kitchenware and food appliances. Food packaging safety refers to appropriate and compliant packaging to protect food products and ingredients from contamination, decomposition, chemical reactions and external elements like water, moisture, gases. To ensure food safety and that undesirable substances are not transferred to food items, manufacturers must comply with the legal requirements of multiple markets. Food packaging safety also aims to retain the nutritional value of the food and deliver it fit for consumption before its expiration date.

Why is food SAFETY packaging important?

Food packaging safety allows packaging manufacturers, food retailers and packaged food manufacturers to minimise the risk of regulatory violation, potential legal liabilities and costly product recalls. At the same time, meeting country regulatory requirements and correct labelling improves the marketability of their products.

Food packaging testing plays a significant role in determining food packaging safety, effectiveness, compliance, and appropriateness. It examines food packaging across various factors and parameters. The test helps determine how safe the food will remain in the packaging and to what extent it will protect the food from factors such as contamination and decomposition.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF FOOD PACKAGING?

Food packaging safety is an essential aspect of the food and beverage production sector. Two of the most important reasons to focus on food packaging are protecting the food from contamination and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the food product inside.

Additionally, food packaging aims to retain the freshness of the product and safeguard it from exposure to harmful chemicals and natural elements, for example, moisture, direct light, microbial activity, humidity. It enables manufacturers and distributors to secure the product from the manufacturing unit to the consumer. Packaging also helps companies ensure portion control, which is crucial for profitability and equal distribution.

However, besides food safety and security, food packaging has other vital dimensions. One of them is providing consumers with important information, including packaging date, ingredients, caution, expiration date and manufacturing details, to help consumers and other elements in the supply chain trace the product's origin.

FOOD PACKAGING MATERIALS

In the food and beverage production industry, packaging is as essential as production itself. Today, you may find that food production companies spend millions on food packaging. They do so to improve the food's nutritional value and shelf life. Besides, packaging is also important for enhancing the food's aesthetic appeal.

Consumers are aware and concerned about packaging standards and materials. That makes food packaging and food packaging safety an even more crucial aspect.

Hence, food production companies use various materials to ensure optimal food packaging safety. Based on the food product involved, manufacturers use packaging materials that include cardboard, paper, plastic, jute, cloth, aluminium and more. Based on its type, packaging materials protect the products from external elements. It considers the commercial, strategic, and nutritional value of the food product to keep it safe and secure until the consumer opens the pack to consume it.

For instance, packaging materials made from organic components that include cardboard and paper prevent internal food displacement and avoid potential damage during loading, transportation, unloading, shelving. Another example is glass and metal packaging that protects food from chemicals and pathogens.

Frozen foods such as green peas, corn, vegetables, demand a specialised food packaging safety solution. It includes packing them in an airtight bag that not only protects them from contamination and decomposition but also retains their taste, freshness, and nutritional value.

TÜV SÜD offers comprehensive food safety packaging certification services

TÜV SÜD offers internationally recognised testing and certification services for your food packaging products. Our global reach and state of-the-art laboratories help you to rapidly achieve traceability and quality assurance across your entire supply chain. Our specialist knowledge of regulations and testing expertise means that we ensure your products comply with international and national requirements, including Chinese, Japanese, US FDA and EU standards.

TÜV SÜD’s testing services for food packaging products

We offer comprehensive quality assurance testing to ensure your food packaging products are fully compliant with all relevant regulations. Our services include:

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