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A new series of studies conducted independently by the University of Arkansas’ Department of Food Science points to a potential avenue for contamination from bacterial residue sometimes found in reusable plastic containers.
Reusable plastic containers used to transport large amounts of fruits and vegetables to grocery stores can continue to harbor potentially harmful bacteria directly on their surfaces, even after undergoing industry-standard cleaning and sanitizing, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas and WBA Analytical Laboratories.
Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels.
Recently the Fibre Box Association (FBA) sent a cease and desist letter to IFCO resulting in IFCO’s removal of misleading and/or untrue statements about the recovery of corrugated packaging on their website.
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.
A new study shows the corrugated industry continues to dramatically decrease its use of wax coatings. In 2013, the industry used 39 percent less wax than in 2002, when wax usage was first measured.
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 corrugated industry life cycle analysis revealed major improvements in environmental performance from 2006 to 2010. A new infographic summarizes the top-line information contained in the report.