Food Safety: Elevate Standards from Farm to Table

2024 is marked by a renewed focus on innovation and stringent hygiene practices. The theme for 2024 is "Optimizing Food Safety for a Healthier Tomorrow," emphasizing the integration of advanced food safety systems and practical solutions like plastic crates.

Let’s look at how these elements work together to optimize food safety from the manufacturing process right up to the moment of consumer purchase.


Why Food Safety Systems Matter

Food safety systems are the backbone of the food industry, ensuring that every step from production to consumption adheres to the highest standards of hygiene. These systems are designed to:

Prevent Contamination: Through rigorous testing and monitoring. Regular audits are conducted to ensure food safety standards are met.

Maintain Quality: By ensuring that food products are handled and stored correctly, avoiding contamination and cross contamination from other sources such as dirty crates.

Protect Consumers: By reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses, consumers are protected from food related illnesses and food poisoning.


Key Components of Modern Food Safety Systems


Modern food safety systems incorporate various components to maintain high standards:

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP): Identifies potential hazards and implements control measures. Mpact Plastic Containers manufactures plastic crates and containers with HACCP approved materials, keeping standards high.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP): Ensures proper handling, sanitation, and maintenance. Ensuring that hands are washed, hair mops and all facial hair is covered during the food manufacturing process is paramount to prevent food contamination.

Traceability Systems: Allows tracking of food products through all stages of production, processing, and distribution. Using RFID tags on containment systems allows businesses to keep track of all products at any given time.


The Role of Plastic Crates in Food Safety

Plastic crates have become indispensable in the food industry due to their numerous advantages:

Durability: Unlike wooden crates, plastic crates do not harbor bugs or chemicals, therefore harmful fumigation is not required.

Ease of Cleaning: They can be easily sanitized, reducing the risk of contamination. Due to the rigid surface, crates and containers can be washed easily and ready to use immediately.

Uniformity and Stackability: Enhances storage efficiency and reduces physical damage to food products. The crates do not crush each other, preventing damage and contamination to food.



Plastic crates contribute to food safety in several ways:

Improved Hygiene: Non-porous surfaces prevent the absorption of liquids and contaminants. If air and liquid cannot pass through the crates, it is unlikely that fungus will grow on food products.

Reduced Cross-Contamination: Crates can be color-coded to separate different types of food products. Foods containing allergens can be easily identified and separated.

Sustainable and Cost-Effective: Long-lasting and reusable, reducing environmental impact and costs. Re-using crates instead of using brand new crates, takes away the pressure from the Earth’s resources. Single-use containment are more likely to end up on landfill sites, contributing to the global waste challenges.


Integrating Food Safety Systems with Plastic Crates

From the moment raw materials enter the manufacturing process, secondary containers play a crucial role.

Secondary containers must be easy to handle during manual handling, and when placed on a conveyor. Conveyor friendly crates are critical to keep the line moving, ensuring that crates do not get stuck on the conveyor belt and halt movement. Crates used during manual handling must not cause harm to the handlers. No loose parts or splinters helps keep handlers safe.



Proper transportation and distribution are critical to maintaining food safety standards:

Temperature Control: Plastic crates help maintain optimal temperatures during transport. With a variety of options ranging from fully vented, fully solid or solid base with vented sides, plastic crates have a significant impact on the airflow of food, especially fresh produce.

Secure Handling: The correct plastic containers reduces the risk of damage and contamination, during short and long haul transit. Plastic crates must be durable, have proper stacking ability and the ability to nest when being returned. Damage prevention of both food and the crates are important to reduce loss.

Efficient Tracking: Enhances traceability and ensures compliance with safety regulations. Did you know you can track your product loads with RFID tags? Mpact Plastic Containers provides the option of adding RFID tags to crates. Data is scanned into a cloud-based system and customer can access their data from any device, keeping track of stock at all times.


Consumer Benefits and Confidence

Consumers today are more informed and concerned about food safety than ever before. By implementing robust food safety systems and using plastic crates, companies can increase transparency, enhance product quality and boost consumer confidence.


The Future of Food Safety

As we move further into the future, the integration of advanced food safety systems and practical solutions like plastic crates, containers and Jumbo Bins® will continue to shape the industry. Innovations in technology and increased awareness will drive further improvements, ensuring that food safety remains a top priority.


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Optimizing food safety is not just a trend; it's a necessity. By combining rigorous food safety systems with the practical benefits of plastic crates, the food industry can ensure that products are safe, fresh, and of the highest quality from farm to table.

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