Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, but two studies – one in Canada and one in the U.S. – have found serious problems with the general sanitation and cleanliness of those containers, raising concerns about possible food safety risks.
Two recent studies of bacteria on reusable plastic containers — both sponsored by corrugated carton groups — question the cleaning process used on RPCs before they enter the supply chain again.
The Produce News UC-Davis study backs up earlier findings that RPC process could harbor contaminants
While the produce industry and the federal government have made great strides in protecting the nation’s food supply with steps like the Produce Traceability Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act, a new study from the University of California-Davis suggests reusable plastic containers may represent a backdoor for contamination.
The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) have released a statement in support of a new Canadian study which states that Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) used to ship produce fall short of safety standards for the second consecutive year.
The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) have released a statement in support of a Canadian study that indicates that Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) used to ship fruits and vegetables in Canada pose a risk for contamination.