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Tougher Rules Demand More Hygienic Food Packaging Materials

Health regulations governing the nature of food packaging materials have led to a marked shake up in all sectors of this vital consumer service. Gone are the days when today’s fish and chips could be wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper without inviting prosecution. Any failure to comply with the requirements of health and hygiene on the part of a manufacture or retailer of cooked or uncooked foodstuffs could see its trading activities suspended faster than its owner could shout salmonella.

Though tough, the rules are, of course, of great benefit to the consumer and manufacturers of food packaging materials have been quick to comply by developing new and improved products accordingly. Prior to packing many edible products must undergo aseptic processing which, in turn, necessitates them being transferred to sterile containers for retail purposes. Examples of these are canned foodstuffs and liquids such as fruit juice and wine. Today consumable liquids such as these are mostly presented in the highly convenient form of durable foil bags protected by an outer cardboard box.

Busy South Africans crave convenience like pre-washed salads and, for these, special food packaging materials in transparent plastic that seal in freshness and protect from surface contamination have become the norm in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. Both processed meats such as ham and salami and uncooked meat and poultry portions are also widely sold in this format and the sight of an unwrapped chicken or joint is something that one is highly unlikely to experience outside of a traditional butcher’s shop today.

Another example of how these revised regulations have impacted the use of food packaging materials is seen in the way milk is now sold. Today, it is no longer possible to access the milk in your plastic bottle directly. To do so requires the purchaser to first remove a protective foil seal. The measure also acts as a very useful security measure that serves to protect the product from any risk of tampering as well as from any accidental or even deliberate contamination and thus protecting the consumer from the possible consequences.

Food Packaging Material Suppliers in South Africa

In addition to their role in providing a hygienic barrier against bacteria and other contaminants, these containers also offer other benefits. Firstly they are very convenient for handling purposes; particularly since their design often makes them readily stackable. They provide a means of portion control as well as acting as the perfect platform from which to promote the brand and the benefits of a given product. Since any evidence of tampering will be immediately obvious, these versatile modern food packaging materials also serve as a highly effective security measure.

One company specialising in these products has been in operation for more than 60 years during which it has established a reputation for both its competitive prices and its strong customer-centric approach to service. The International Group of Companies is made up of Landpak, BBM (Brits Bag Manufacturers) and IBB (International Bag Buyers). It is a wholly black-owned company that can justifiably claim the in-depth knowledge of the market that is so essential to meeting its requirements for food packaging materials.

The International Group of Companies carries a range of products that include cardboard cartons and boxes, egg trays and a wide variety of Styrofoam trays in various shapes and sizes. In the soft plastic product range are bags for butchery use, ice, vegetables and fruit as well as crates and rolls of wrapping film in various widths.

For farm produce, the group offers knitted high density polyethylene vegetables pockets suitable for loads from 2Kg to 25 Kg as well as woven polypropylene products. The circular woven bags, also of polypropylene but incorporating an anti-UV additive come in several sizes with the ability to keep their contents fresh for as long as 3 months complete its comprehensive range of food packaging materials.