RPCs Meet Global Industry Standards for Food Safety
Globally, billions of reusable packaging products, such as bins, containers, trays, and RPCs are used each year to transport fresh and nutritious foods safely from farm to table, and there has never been an identified or detected risk to food safety as a result of their use.
Before and after each commercial use, every RPC is inspected, repaired if necessary, and expertly washed, rinsed, sanitized, and dried in accordance with science-based industry best practices and international food safety standards that are proven to clean the container for safe use again. This ensures suppliers receive fresh, clean, ready-to-pack crates with every order.
The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) and its member companies who supply and use reusable packaging products take matters pertaining to food safety very seriously. The reusable packaging industry does not address matters of food safety for competitive purposes; rather, the RPA works to educate the industry on best practices to ensure that the longstanding history of safe use of reusable packaging is not only maintained but strengthened. Even with history and current practices validating safe use, suppliers of reusable packaging for fresh foods work continuously to strengthen measures and deploy advanced systems to ensure the sanitation of their products prior to reuse.
In 2015, much of the RPA work on RPC food safety culminated into the publishing of a document – “RPA Guidelines & Best Practices for Safe Use of Returnable Containers in Food Supply Chains” – to advance the industry’s awareness and compliance to the highest standards for the cleaning, sanitation and proper handling of reusable packaging.
RPA Statement on the Reported Risk of Spreading ToBRFV through RPC Use; Download Statement Here, March 20, 2019
RPA Responds to Claims by the Corrugated Industry, Download Statement Here, October 13, 2016
Food Quality and Safety Magazine: “Guidelines for Safe Use of Reusable Containers in Supply Chains,” March 18, 2016
Food Safety News: “Science, History, and Real-World Use Support Safety of Reusable Packaging,” October 30, 2015
RPA Statement: “In Response to Univeristy of Arkansas Center for Food Safety Study on RPCs and Food Safety,” March 3, 2015
RPA Open Letter: “RPA Maintains RPCs Safe for Use in Food Supply Chains,” October 28, 2014
RPA Member IFCO Systems Issues “Report on RPC and Corrugated Container Microbial Activity Testing, “October 28, 2014
RPA Statement: “University of Guelph Study Finds ‘No Evidence of Food Safety Issue’ with Reusable Plastic Containers,” October 15, 2013