At Delta Driver, our food industry consultants are trusted time and time again to transform middle market companies in the food and CPG industry. We carefully select our food consultants with the best track record as well as the experience to transform your business into a thriving organization.  At Delta Driver, we love revamping middle-market businesses into high-functioning companies. By assessing your company’s daily practices, we can help your business eliminate areas of waste and uncover new opportunities. Our data-driven methods are proven to drive the efficiency of your company’s policies and production. Today, we would like to discuss the some of the most common food packaging mistakes that we see in the industry:

Ink Contamination

Were you aware that not all ink is approved to be used with food? The reason is that chemicals and odors could potentially be transferred to the food. In fact, even if there’s no surface-to-surface contact between the food and the ink, inks can still leak from the packaging materials into the food. On the other hand, some inks that are approved for use can still contain potential allergens, such as soy. We recommend avoiding ink contamination by buying only FDA inks that are approved specifically to be used with the food that you are packaging. Also, make sure that you are using the correct coatings to ensure that no inks come into contact with the surface of the food. You could also use interior packaging to create a barrier between the food and the ink as well.

Other Contaminants

In addition to ink contaminants, scientists have found 4,000 chemicals present in food packaging, which may not even cover all of them. The worst of these contaminants have even been linked to cancer, endometriosis, and lowered fertility. In order to avoid exposing your consumers to toxic contaminants, you need to adopt certain procedures. You want to guarantee that any product that comes into contact with the food surface has been approved for food. You also want to make sure that any product that comes into contact with the food surface can act as an appropriate barrier between the packaging materials and the food.

Outside Contaminants

External contaminants can affect the food that you package as well. Some external contaminants can be found on the floor that your packaging materials touch or the air and water used in the packaging process. For example, the air used to apply film coverings to dairy products must be filtered in order to prevent bacterial contamination. The best way to avoid external contaminants is to apply stringent processes and quality control methods to your packaging.

Packaging Workers

Even if you take all the proper precautions to avoid contaminants in your food packaging, you need to ensure that the workers packaging the products are personally hygienic. They also need to be aware if the proper sanitation procedures of the surfaces and equipment in your facilities. Therefore, it is necessary to educate and properly train your employees to avoid contamination.

At Delta Driver, our food packaging consultants can help you use the safest and most efficient processes for packaging food. Contact our food consultants today to learn more so that your business can thrive.