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

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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June 17, 2011 in Environmental, Food safety, General, Industry News, Manufacturing

Using recycled cardboard in food packaging risks contaminating food with mineral oils

In tests on experimental packs of fine noodles, researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, found that food rapidly absorbed 10 times the recommended limit for concentration of these contaminating oils from the…
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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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October 15, 2013 in Environmental, Food & Beverage, Food safety, General, Handheld Containers/Trays/Totes, Industry News, Legislation & Regulations, Markets, Press Releases, Products, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), RPA News, Supply Chain Management

University of Guelph Study Finds “No Evidence of Food Safety Issue” With Reusable Plastic Containers

The University of Guelph, Ontario Agricultural College recently completed a study on the sanitary status of delivered reusable plastic containers at five fresh produce packing operations in Ontario and Quebec.…
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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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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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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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October 28, 2014 in Business News, Clean & Repair, Environmental, Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Food safety, General, Handheld Containers/Trays/Totes, Industry News, Markets, Member News, Pooling (Rental), Products, Reports, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), Sanitation, Services

IFCO Releases Report on RPC and Corrugated Container Microbial Activity Testing

IFCO Systems releases statement on the microbial testing of corrugated and plastic containers, stresses the importance of proper handling in any system as a focus of food safety, not competing products RPCs…
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March 9, 2015 in Business News, Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Food safety, General, Handheld Containers/Trays/Totes, Industry News, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), Markets, Press Releases, Products, Reusable Insights, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), RPA News, Sanitation, Supply Chain Management, Washing Systems

RPA Guidelines and Best Practices for the 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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