In the recent decades food manufacturers have started taking a more active interest when it comes to their packaging suppliers, such as supplier audits, and including them in traceability studies. Food manufacturers quickly realized that packaging suppliers were just as important as food ingredient suppliers and therefore deserved the same attention. As a result, packaging suppliers began implementing Good Manufacturing Practices as well as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans.
Food packaging is responsible for protecting food products from outside influence and damage, to contain the food, and to provide consumers with ingredient and nutritional information. Traceability, convenience, and tamper indication are secondary functions of increasing importance. The goal of food packaging is to contain food in a cost effective way that satisfies industry requirements and consumer desires, maintains food safety, and minimized environmental impact.
With such an important function, food packaging should be required to meet applicable GMP standards as required by the other food chain suppliers. UL DQS offers a certification audit according to the BRC/IoP standard specific to food packaging suppliers. Companies that have already achieved ISO9001 certification may already meet many of the requirements of the BRC/IoP standard. This standard has a comprehensive scope that covers areas of quality, sanitation and safety that is applicable to both low risk and high risk food contact and non-food contact packaging.