previous article we discussed the differences between legislated food safety
responsibilities and independently audited food safety certification.
In this article
we take a brief look at what those legislated food safety responsibilities are
and the significance of packaging.
legislation is typically concerned with controlling three (3) food hazard categories:
correctly we place a lot of emphasis on the control of microbiological hazards
as a way of preventing or minimising the likelihood of food poisoning.
do we give similar importance to the safety of packaging used for food?
on the circumstances and if uncontrolled, packaging can be a source of one, two
or all three food hazard categories.
1. Chemical – what is the packaging
made from and can components migrate from the packaging into the food?
2. Microbiological – what levels of
hygiene are in place at the packaging manufacturer, supplier, transport and
in-transit storage systems?
3. Physical – can pieces or segments of
the packaging dislodge or fracture, enter the food and become a hazard for
examples we noticed several clients who had inconsistencies in their food
safety plans: -
• Cordial bottling in glass containers
where the glass had not been identified as a physical hazard and there were no
controls in place if an incident involving broken glass were to be reported by
• Packaging materials being purchased
and imported from an interstate supplier with no monitoring of the chemistry
& quality of packaging or the source of materials being used in the
» No matter how large or small your
production system may be always check your process to ensure you have captured
information in hazard categories relevant to your food or beverage product.
» Remember that while your packaging
is designed to be aesthetically appealing to the customer / consumer always
check that it is compatible with the food or beverage product and won’t create
» Your packaging carries your
organisation’s brand image and as a marketing ‘tool’ develops the consumer’s trust.
» Make sure your packaging enhances
the consumer’s experience and leaves a lasting, positive impression of the
product’s quality and safety.