Farm-to-table food safety includes packaging

Does your Packaging Measure Up?

Food companies are required to ensure direct food contact and secondary packaging are safe and suitable for their consumers. This requires companies to assess the packaging materials and their potential for allergen, biological, chemical, and physical hazards. The packaging must also be traceable in the event of an issue causing harm to consumers.

Businesses that manufacture and convert packaging for food must also take precautions to ensure the raw materials are safe and suitable for their customers' products. This includes a thorough assessment of the package throughout its entire life cycle.

Does your packaging measure up? Take the test.

  1. Do you know if the source material used in the packaging is safe for food and meets regulatory compliance?
  2. Have you conducted an allergen assessment on the materials?
  3. Have you assessed the risk of chemical migration from the materials, include inks, adhesives, and coatings?
  4. What assurances do you have that the packaging suppliers have taken preventative measures to prevent contamination?
  5. Is the packaging stored, handled, and shipped in a manner that is safe for food contact?
  6. Have you assessed whether the materials meet the processing conditions of the product?
  7. Has the supplier considered how the package will be used by the consumer?
  8. Is the packaging traceable back to the source?

We hope you have answered ‘yes’ to all of the questions but if not, then now is the time to conduct an assessment.


IFS PACsecure is a GFSI recognized standard for packaging materials. IFS Certified packaging companies deliver packaging that can be trusted to keep consumers safe.


IFS representatives are here to help.

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Contact us for more information.

Mariana Borella Camera, Garantia da Qualidade Fornecedores - Embalagens, BRF

We chose to indicate the IFS PACSecure Standard to our suppliers by understanding that in addition to the document evaluation, IFS PACSecure guidelines are oriented to direct evaluations in the production processes. Evaluations with this focus brings benefits to the audited process and confidence for clients on ensuring compliance with the proposed standards."

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