martes, 18 de enero de 2011

BRC reveals key changes in food packaging

Chemicals migrating from inks in packaging to food products are now included

Ahead of the publication in February of Issue 4 of the Global Standard Packaging and Packaging Materials, BRC revealed a list of some of the key changes in the new edition. These include the introduction of new safeguards to protect against the migration of chemicals from packaging into food products.This comes as scientists raise the alarm over the potential problem of mineral oils in inks finding their way into packaged food.

In particular, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has expressed concern that mineral oils in recycled cardboard, thought to accumulate from newspaper ink, could migrate in “relevant quantities” into carton packed foods.

List of main changes A full list of the changes to the Global Standard highlighted by BRC is given below:

  • · Preparation and planning section, providing guidance and support for sites new to the certification process
  • · Additional safeguards to reduce the risk of chemical migration, such as by inks, from packaging into food products
  • · Introduction of “fundamental” clauses, relating to systems that are crucial to the establishment and operation of an effective packaging manufacturing operation
  • · Introduction of a grading scheme based on number and severity of non-conformities
  • · Audit frequencies and processes for corrective action that reflect the company’s audit performance

· Simplification to two product categories, high risk and low risk, based on the hygiene requirement of the final use of the packaging materials – for example a food wrapping is high risk, the packaging round a kettle or toaster is low risk

The BRC Global Standards, which were first introduced in 1998, are designed to give retailers and manufacturers confidence that suppliers are following all their quality and safety standards and are meeting all legal requirements.

Global Standards Talking about the packaging standard, BRC technical director David Brackston said: “They open up new markets for packaging suppliers who can promote themselves to customers who are looking for independent endorsement of suppliers’ operations.”

After the new issue of the standard is published in February, audits on it will begin six months later to give companies time to become familiar with the requirements.

BRC published three other standards that cover food safety, consumer products and storage and distribution. Currently more than 15,000 factories in over 90 countries are audited to the Global Standards.

Source: Food Quality News

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