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The Essentials of Safe Food Packaging without the Bad Chemicals

August 21, 2015

Unsafe food packaging has been making major headlines for quite some time now. Chemicals leaching into our food from packaging are worldwide concerns. In fact, recent reports say that there are over 170 hazardous chemicals used in the production of food packaging.

Although food packaging prevents contamination and extends the shelf life of food, the packaging material can leach toxic chemicals into the food. One of the biggest concerns is bisphenol A (BPA) which is oftentimes found in plastics. Studies show that BPA may have health side effects like hormonal changes, heart problems, behavioral issues and cancer. What is more, research claims that children are at higher risk for BPS’s side effects. Fortunately, there are alternatives to healthier and chemical free packaging.

Food Packaging Regulations in Australia

In Australia, packing companies have to keep the criteria of Australia’s Food Standards Code. Manufacturers are required to confirm that food in contact with packaging is safe. Some of the codes include the following:

Standard 1.4.1 - Contaminants and Natural Toxicants maximizes the levels of some contaminants that may be found in food as a result packaging material contact.

Standard 1.4.3 – Articles and Materials in Contact with Food is a generalized allocation of material in contact with food. There is no specification for individual packaging materials with food contact or how they should be used or produced. But there are specifications that materials may be placed with food if they cannot cause bodily harm, distress or discomfort.

Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements: Specific requirements for manufacturers that stipulates only packaging material fit for its intended use and not likely to cause food contamination can be used.

Safe and Affordable Packaging

In 2005, the EU banned the use of di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP plasticizers in baby toys. Since then, manufacturers have developed a profusion of substitutes that have minimal or no leaching. The main issues involved finding a packaging solution that was cost effective. But oftentimes the replaced components were double the price. Not only does the price affect the manufacturer but it trickles down to businesses that need affordable packaging and the consumer on a budget.

The good news is, there is an affordable solution for food safe packaging. At Ragi Packaging Solutions, we have a wide array of corrugated cardboard packaging to suit your business needs. They are a safe packaging alternative that includes cartons, pizza boxes, pizza bases, die-cuts, shelf ready displays and so much more.

To make corrugated cardboard packaging only a few raw materials are needed. Fast growing trees that are environmentally friendly, glue (typically corn starch glues) and sometimes wax made from vegetable oils or paraffin so the container is water or grease resistant is all that is needed. These are very simple ingredients that are toxic-free and food safe.


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