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World Food Safety Day: How Food Containers or Packaging Can Contribute To Food Contamination

Each year, World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 to spread awareness, identify and avoid foodborne risks, and contribute to food safety, human well-being, financial prosperity, agriculture, and sustainable development.

One main cause of food contamination is the packaging. Food containers are more than just an aesthetic, colorful package to protect the insides from dust and sunlight. While good food packaging can keep the contents fresh for a long time, low-quality packaging can contaminate the food in a matter of hours or days. It applies to all kinds of food, whether it’s fresh vegetables & fruits, bakery items, or frozen food.

Food contamination could be due to physical hazards such as a fault with packaging material or broken packaging. It could also be due to microbiological factors as well as chemical reactions.

A lot of food manufacturers overlook the physical hazards because they are not common as biological factors. Even though the food packaging is often gone through multiple checkpoints, there are many ways that the food can be contaminated due to packaging.

World Food Safety Day: Addressing Sources of Contamination from Food Packaging & Containers

As published in the Food Safety Magazine, the chances of food contamination from the packaging and containers are low but they still exist and should be addressed.

There are many ways food can be contaminated because of packaging and containers, and here are a few of them:

1.   Stiff Plastic Containers & Lids

Plastic containers and lids are often manufactured by the injection molding process. In this process, the hot resin is injected into a mold under high pressure and then the excess plastic is cut off.

During the plastic container and lid manufacturing process, the extra pieces which are cut off from the mold can be left inside the container to contaminate the food.

However, there is another way plastic containers can be contaminated. When the containers pass through the screens to be scanned for contaminants, the metals that are used to catch the impurities are loosened and become the contaminants instead.

That is why often food safety experts don’t recommend rigid plastic containers.

2.   Printed Paperboard Cartons

When we talk about eco-friendly food packaging, the paperboard cartons come up in the list. That is because paperboard cartons can be recycled and reused multiple times, which is a great way to reduce waste.

One thing that often food manufacturers ignore is the fact that paperboard cartons are recycled. For instance, if any of the recycled pulp contains any kind of foreign material, it will more likely contribute to food contamination in more than one way. It could either just spoil the packaging or infect the food as well. That is why we at Wafra packaging department ensures that aside from packing our crops on paperboard cartons, we wrap them on biodegradable plastic to avoid direct contact with the paperboard carton boxes.

3.   Glass Jars & Containers

Glass is, no wonder, a fragile material. If mishandled, it can contaminate the food in multiple ways. For instance, glass containers can break during the manufacturing or packing process. It can defect the food with hazardous glass shards that can cause serious injuries to the consumer.

On the other hand, the glass containers can also be broken during the palletizing process, resulting in polluting the food.

However, when we talk about glass breaking, it doesn’t only refer to the glass jar or container being shattered completely. Even if the glass jar or container cracks a little and the glass dust is mixed with food, it can cause huge damage to the consumers. If there are glass shards mixed in the food due to mishandling, it can tear the customer’s throat if not inspected.

What Other Ways Can Food Be Contaminated?

Other than the physical contamination due to the manufacturing errors in the packaging process, chemical contamination is another huge factor. Besides that, microbiological contaminations such as food rotting due to fungus also contribute to food contamination.

Let’s have a look at both of them one by one.

Chemical Contamination

When there are wrong chemicals at the wrong time, things will surely go wrong. There’s no rocket science in it.

Food preparation, packaging, and production is a very long process. On each of the stages from preparing the ingredients to packing the food, there are a lot of chemicals involved. One way or another, these chemicals can easily infect the food without anyone knowing about it all.

Few ways chemicals can contribute to food contamination are:

These can be avoided by eliminating unnecessary chemical usage during food manufacturing, packaging, and transportation. However, a thorough inspection is needed as well to single out contaminated food during the production, preparation, or packaging process.

Microbiological Contamination

Microbiological factors are the most common reason behind food contamination.

Microbiological contamination occurs due to the presence of fungi, viruses, yeast, bacteria, and mold. Without taking proper safety measures, the microbiological contaminants can surface at any stage of food production from the preparation to the transportation stage.

There are many factors that contribute to microbiological food contamination, which includes chemical and packaging shortcomings as well.

For instance, packaging failing to keep the food safe from sunlight, humidity, and other aspects that boost the growth of fungi, yeast, or mold is a huge problem. On the other hand, some chemicals used in food preparation, production, packaging, or transportation can also trigger microbiological contamination.

That’s why all the food producing and packaging factories get advised to keep their equipment clean and updated from time to time to avoid food contamination. Tons of food are recalled every year due to contamination.

Key Takeaway

There are many ways food packaging and containers can contribute to food contamination. If you are looking forward to getting some fresh, pesticide & contaminant-free vegetables and fruits in the UAE, then you should reach out to Wafra Farms. We strictly check all of our products for contaminants and avoid using any kind of pesticide. Protect your family and customers, ensure that you serve naturally grown and safely packed fruits and vegetables from Wafra Farms. Only natural and organic methods are used to keep our produce fresh and healthy. For wholesale orders, you can reach out to us through email [email protected] or phone +97144365132.
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World Food Safety Day: How Food Containers or Packaging Can Contribute To Food Contamination

Each year, World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 to spread awareness, identify and avoid foodborne risks, and contribute to food safety, human well-being, financial prosperity, agriculture, and sustainable development. One main cause of food contamination is the packaging. Food containers are more than just an aesthetic, colorful package to protect the insides from dust and sunlight. While good food packaging can keep the contents fresh for a long time, low-quality packaging can contaminate the food in a matter of hours or days. It applies to all kinds of food, whether it’s fresh vegetables & fruits, bakery items, or frozen food.
Food contamination could be due to physical hazards such as a fault with packaging material or broken packaging. It could also be due to microbiological factors as well as chemical reactions. A lot of food manufacturers overlook the physical hazards because they are not common as biological factors. Even though the food packaging is often gone through multiple checkpoints, there are many ways that the food can be contaminated due to packaging.

World Food Safety Day: Addressing Sources of Contamination from Food Packaging & Containers

As published in the Food Safety Magazine, the chances of food contamination from the packaging and containers are low but they still exist and should be addressed. There are many ways food can be contaminated because of packaging and containers, and here are a few of them:

1.   Stiff Plastic Containers & Lids

Plastic containers and lids are often manufactured by the injection molding process. In this process, the hot resin is injected into a mold under high pressure and then the excess plastic is cut off. During the plastic container and lid manufacturing process, the extra pieces which are cut off from the mold can be left inside the container to contaminate the food. However, there is another way plastic containers can be contaminated. When the containers pass through the screens to be scanned for contaminants, the metals that are used to catch the impurities are loosened and become the contaminants instead. That is why often food safety experts don’t recommend rigid plastic containers.

2.   Printed Paperboard Cartons

When we talk about eco-friendly food packaging, the paperboard cartons come up in the list. That is because paperboard cartons can be recycled and reused multiple times, which is a great way to reduce waste. One thing that often food manufacturers ignore is the fact that paperboard cartons are recycled. For instance, if any of the recycled pulp contains any kind of foreign material, it will more likely contribute to food contamination in more than one way. It could either just spoil the packaging or infect the food as well. That is why we at Wafra packaging department ensures that aside from packing our crops on paperboard cartons, we wrap them on biodegradable plastic to avoid direct contact with the paperboard carton boxes.

3.   Glass Jars & Containers

Glass is, no wonder, a fragile material. If mishandled, it can contaminate the food in multiple ways. For instance, glass containers can break during the manufacturing or packing process. It can defect the food with hazardous glass shards that can cause serious injuries to the consumer. On the other hand, the glass containers can also be broken during the palletizing process, resulting in polluting the food. However, when we talk about glass breaking, it doesn’t only refer to the glass jar or container being shattered completely. Even if the glass jar or container cracks a little and the glass dust is mixed with food, it can cause huge damage to the consumers. If there are glass shards mixed in the food due to mishandling, it can tear the customer’s throat if not inspected.

What Other Ways Can Food Be Contaminated?

Other than the physical contamination due to the manufacturing errors in the packaging process, chemical contamination is another huge factor. Besides that, microbiological contaminations such as food rotting due to fungus also contribute to food contamination. Let’s have a look at both of them one by one.

Chemical Contamination

When there are wrong chemicals at the wrong time, things will surely go wrong. There’s no rocket science in it. Food preparation, packaging, and production is a very long process. On each of the stages from preparing the ingredients to packing the food, there are a lot of chemicals involved. One way or another, these chemicals can easily infect the food without anyone knowing about it all. Few ways chemicals can contribute to food contamination are:

These can be avoided by eliminating unnecessary chemical usage during food manufacturing, packaging, and transportation. However, a thorough inspection is needed as well to single out contaminated food during the production, preparation, or packaging process.

Microbiological Contamination

Microbiological factors are the most common reason behind food contamination.

Microbiological contamination occurs due to the presence of fungi, viruses, yeast, bacteria, and mold. Without taking proper safety measures, the microbiological contaminants can surface at any stage of food production from the preparation to the transportation stage.

There are many factors that contribute to microbiological food contamination, which includes chemical and packaging shortcomings as well.

For instance, packaging failing to keep the food safe from sunlight, humidity, and other aspects that boost the growth of fungi, yeast, or mold is a huge problem. On the other hand, some chemicals used in food preparation, production, packaging, or transportation can also trigger microbiological contamination.

That’s why all the food producing and packaging factories get advised to keep their equipment clean and updated from time to time to avoid food contamination. Tons of food are recalled every year due to contamination.

Key Takeaway

There are many ways food packaging and containers can contribute to food contamination. If you are looking forward to getting some fresh, pesticide & contaminant-free vegetables and fruits in the UAE, then you should reach out to Wafra Farms. We strictly check all of our products for contaminants and avoid using any kind of pesticide. Protect your family and customers, ensure that you serve naturally grown and safely packed fruits and vegetables from Wafra Farms. Only natural and organic methods are used to keep our produce fresh and healthy. For wholesale orders, you can reach out to us through email [email protected] or phone +97144365132.

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