May 28, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Farnell Packaging Limited of Dartmouth, NS—a leading producer of plastic packaging—has become only the second company in Canada to become certified to the newly developed food safety standards for packaging materials that have direct or incidental contact with food and beverage products.
The PACsecure standards, developed by the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC), in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, are considered to be the most comprehensive food safety standards for packaging anywhere in the world.
PACsecure is designed to help packaging converters harmonize with the international food safety protocol long used by the global food and beverage industry known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).
James Downham, president and CEO of the PAC notes that Farnell now joins Jones Packaging Inc. of London, Ont. as the only two PACsecure HACCP-certified companies.
“As one of Canada’s leading producers of plastic packaging—such as bags, roll stock sheets and pressure sensitive labels, for both the domestic and export markets, Farnell has a long history of being out in front of the pack when it comes to issues dealing with food safety, the environment and technology,” comments Downham.
With the PACsecure standard receiving recognition across the world from Israel to France, China and the U.S., Downham says: “In fact, the newly developed U.S.-based Food Safety Alliance for Packaging, which includes such giants as Kraft, Nestle, ConAgra Foods, Sara Lee, McCain Foods and General Mills, was one of the first food-based organizations to accept the standard for its packaging suppliers.
“This can only help firms such as Farnell in expanding their export business to the U.S. and many other countries.”