The packaging world is full of government regulations for food safety, strict guidelines and third-party accreditations that manufacturers and retailers need to follow. For first time users, there is bound to be confusion and misunderstandings, which is why we have put together this article which debunks some myths surrounding food grade bulk bags.
2 Myths Debunked about Food Grade FIBCs
Myth - All Bulk Bags Should be FDA-approved
Fact - FDA approved bulk bags do not exist
A lot of food-grade bulk bag suppliers claim their bags are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The truth is that approval, accreditation or certificate for FIBCs or FIBC liners is not needed from the FDA. According to their regulations, the FDA approves 100% virgin polypropylene to come into contact with food. When a food-grade FIBC manufacturer claims that their FIBCs are FDA-approved they could mean the bags are made from 100% virgin polypropylene resin which means they are appropriate for storing and transporting food.
Myth - Any FIBC Bag Can Be Used for Storing Food-Grade Products If It Uses a Food-Grade Liner
Fact - The FIBC and the liner should be made of 100% virgin polypropylene resin if its purpose is to be used for food-grade products
The liner and the FIBC need to be made of 100% polypropylene resin if they come into contact with food-grade products. Using these sort of bags ensures that no recycled material is used when the bag is manufactured plus this reduces the chances of contamination.
Also, manufacturing facilities for food-grade FIBCs will need to follow strict rules to ensure the highest standards of quality are achieved. Food-grade bulk bags need to be produced in a BRC-certified facility with sufficient ventilation, a facility for light table inspection, metal detection plus record keeping. Employees will need to wear appropriate uniform and adhere to recommended hygiene standards. A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program will also need to be followed.