Food Packaging Safety, Types, & More

Food safety is the TOP priority in the food industry. Packaging printers, like JP Graphics, are responsible for printing, die cutting, and gluing packaging that is up to par with food industry standards. Food manufacturers cannot do business with a packaging printer unless they follow cleanliness, equipment, and packaging material protocol, but how is this enforced, why does it matter, and what packaging is right for your food product? 

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Food Packaging Safety & Certifications 

Compared to the typical print shop, a packaging printer must meet certain criteria to serve the food industry.  Cleanliness, machine maintenance, and food packaging materials are monitored closely to prevent contamination of products. Why does food safe packaging matter? Product packaging prevents food contamination, product damage, and tampering. Product packaging can also improve shelf life and freshness as well as ensure allergen-free food products.   

How do companies know their printer is food safe? Food safe printers have certifications. Food safety status is granted through consistent and thorough inspections, audits, evaluations, and approvals that grant printers with certifications. There are multiple food safety certifications a print shop can earn and here at JP Graphics, a BR Company, we are proud to have the AIB International: Nonfood Contact Packaging Manufacturing Certification. What does this mean? This means our facility follows rules 365 days a year to print food packaging that is printed, die cut, and glued with public health and safety as a top priority. To receive the AIB International Certification, the facility follows safety, packaging material, and cleanliness standards during day-to-day operations that are audited yearly by AIB International. At JP Graphics, a BR Printers Company, we are known for our high-quality product packaging with no food contact. For example, when butter is wrapped in paper and then placed in a box, that’s considered “Nonfood Contact Packaging”. 

Types of Food Packaging 

Print & Die Cut  

If you have the equipment to form, glue, and fill your box these types of boxes are perfect. Print and die cut packaging arrives at your facility lying flat, ready for you to form, fill, and glue. 

Print, Die Cut, & Glued 

Boxes and containers that are print, die cut, and glued at the printer can be straight line or sleeves. Sleeves are open-ended cartons that are ready to be packed. Straight line cartons are the most popular box for food packaging. Straight line cartons are printed, die cut, and partially glued at the printer than sent to food manufactures to fill and glue shut.

Auto Bottom 

If you’re hand packing your food packages, an auto bottom is a great option. Unlike the other food packaging solutions, auto bottoms pop up to a secure fold, get packed, then glued or taped shut.  

Get Food Safe Packaging Fast 

JP Graphics, a BR Company, prioritizes food safety in their facility. We understand that when you trust a printer with your food packaging, we become an extension of your brand. Partner with a printer you can trust. In a rush? Our customers turn to us for safety and speed. Get food safe packaging fast, contact us today.