Food Safety

Globally, billions of reusable packaging products, such as bins, containers, trays, and RPCs are used each year to transport fresh and nutritious foods safely from farm to table, and there has never been an identified or detected risk to food safety as a result of their use. Before and after each commercial use, every RPC is inspected, repaired if necessary, and expertly washed, rinsed, sanitized, and dried in accordance with science-based industry best practices and international food safety standards that are proven to clean the container for safe use again. This ensures suppliers receive fresh, clean, ready-to-pack crates with every order.

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) and its member companies who supply and use reusable packaging products take matters pertaining to food safety very seriously. The reusable packaging industry does not address matters of food safety for competitive purposes; rather, the RPA works to educate the industry on best practices to ensure that the longstanding history of safe use of reusable packaging is not only maintained but strengthened. Even with history and current practices validating safe use, suppliers of reusable packaging for fresh foods work continuously to strengthen measures and deploy advanced systems to ensure the sanitation of their products prior to reuse.

In 2015, much of the RPA work on RPC food safety culminated into the publishing of a document – “RPA Guidelines & Best Practices for Safe Use of Returnable Containers in Food Supply Chains” – to advance the industry’s awareness and compliance to the highest standards for the cleaning, sanitation and proper handling of reusable packaging.

Food Safety News and Resources

August 14, 2020 in Cost Savings, Environmental, Food & Beverage, Food safety, Industry News

All the Right Moves – Aug 2020 Progressive Grocer Article

https://issuu.com/ensembleiq/docs/pg_0820/65
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March 20, 2020 in Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Food safety, General, Industry News, Sanitation

RPA Statement on Coronavirus and Reusable Packaging

Download Statement in PDF The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) is offering information to explain that the commercial application of reusable packaging following recognized best practices for handling and cleaning does…
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October 27, 2015 in Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Food safety, General

RPA Guidelines and Best Practices for Safe Use of Returnable Containers in Food Supply Chains

The RPA Guidelines and Best Practices for the Safe Use of Returnable Containers in Food Supply Chains was created by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) to collectively insure a safe…
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October 30, 2015 in Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Food safety, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), RPA In The News, RPA Viewpoint, Sanitation, Uncategorized, Washing Systems

Food Safety News: Science, History, and Real-World Use Support Safety of Reusable Packaging

Republished from Food Safety News, October 30, 2015. See the original article here. Reusable containers for the transport packaging of food have been used around the world for generations. Billions…
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February 24, 2014 in Business & Economic, Food safety, General, Industry News, Legislation & Regulations, Member News, Press Releases, RPA News

RPA Committee Will Establish Stronger and Uniform Standards for Reusables in Food Supply Chain

The Reusable Packaging Association has established a new industry-wide committee to establish sanitation standards and guidelines for reusable containers used throughout the food supply chain. The RPC Food Safety Standards…
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December 22, 2010 in Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Industry News, Markets

Food-safety bill backed by House

The House passed a measure to overhaul the nation's food-safety laws by a vote of 215 to 144 Tuesday afternoon, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law…
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December 14, 2010 in Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Industry News

House passes food safety bill back to Senate

The Food Safety Modernization Act has been passed back to the Senate following its approval by the House on Wednesday as part of a much larger bill detailing government funding.
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December 14, 2011 in Business & Economic, Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Industry News, Legislation & Regulations, Markets

Long-awaited FDA food safety rule finally coming

The long-anticipated produce safety regulation from the Food and Drug Administration will be issued soon after the first of the year, FDA officials say.
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August 7, 2012 in Asset Tracking, Clean & Repair, Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Industry News, Markets, Member News, Other Retail, Pooling (Rental), Products, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), RPA News, Services, Supply Chain Management

Food Safety Is Key Focus for IFCO`s Newest RPC Service Center

Operating from 210 locations worldwide and providing a pool of over 170 million RPCs (reusable plastic containers), IFCO recently opened its fifth U.S. service center for RPCs in the U.S.…
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February 15, 2014 in Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Industry News, Member News, Pallets, Products, RPA News, Services

Problem Solvers: United Pallet Services Provides Pallets That Eliminate Food Safety Concerns

Cocoa Services West (CSW) in Union City, Calif. did a pilot test of just a few pointGUARD complete package (CP) pallets and quickly found that they eliminated the hassle of…
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July 2, 2014 in Food safety, General, Industry News, Legislation & Regulations, Press Releases

Report Attempts to Clarify Food Safety Modernization Act

Confusion about deadlines established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been heightened, in part, by shifting Food & Drug Administration (FDA) timelines. Even after the rules become final,…
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December 20, 2017 in Asset Tracking, Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Member News, Trace & Track

CHEP Food Safety Traceability Technology Recognized as Top Solution for Ninth Consecutive Year

Livonia, Michigan – December 18, 2017 – CHEP is proud to be recognized by Food Logistics magazine as one of the Top 100 technology suppliers for its continued advancement in…
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