Are your bulk bags FDA approved?
While many users of FIBCs may request an "FDA Approved" bulk bag, it is important to note that such a product does not exist. The Food & Drug Administration does not issue any approvals or certifications of FIBCs or FIBC liners.
The FDA regulations that govern food contact can be found here
. With regard to the polypropylene resin, a major component of most FIBC fabric, FDA Food Contact Regulation 21 CFR 177. 1520
states that 100% virgin polypropylene resin "may be safely used as articles or components of articles intended for use in contact with food".
FIBCs for food products should be manufactured in a clean room environment. While the definition of a "clean room" varies, there are certain standards which should be present in all clean room facilities. Here's a quick checklist to help you ensure that your FIBCs are being manufactured in a proper environment.
The Global Food Safety Initiative
is a non-profit foundation created under Belgin law, and operated under the Consumer Goods Forum
in a mission to globalize our food safety processes. GFSI benchmarks existing third-party food safety schemes in order to achieve a worlwide standard. With the support of many of the world's largest food manufacturers and retailers, GFSI is quickly becoming the global leader on the topic of food safety in the supply chain.
ü Benchmarks existing third-
party schemes against a
global Guidance Document
ü Recognizes specific
schemes for individual
scopes of the food
ü Does not issue its own
certification or accreditation
The following are third-party food safety schemes that have been recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative for the production of food packaging. Click on the individual scheme logo below for additional information.
The Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding
to contamination to preventing
it. FSMA grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authoritative powers, including mandatory recall, container detention, foreign supplier verification, and records inspection.
FSMA regulations were originally scheduled to begin implementation in 2012, however; the first two measures (of seven) were only recently published in September 2015. The implementation phase remains severly underfunded, with the FDA having received less than half of the $580 million that had been allocated to rollout the legislation between 2011 and 2015.
The Preventive Controls for Human Food
rule and the Preventive Controls for Animal Food
rule were finalized on September 10, 2015. Compliance will begin for most food companies by September 2016
. Legally, these provisions do not directly impact food packaging manufacturers / distributors, but the packaging industry will undoubtedly feel the effects through increase quality control requirements from food manufacturing customers.
At the time, the FDA implementation process is focused first and foremost on food manufacturers. The direct impact on the food packaging industry is very much unknown. However, packaging manufacturers and distributors shoud prepare for the impacts of two key provisions
Preventive Controls (Final)
- Requires all "registered food" facilities to have a detailed hazard analysis and prevention plan in place
- According to the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), "food" excluded "food contact substances" for registration purposes (i.e. food packaging companies would not be legally accountable to FDA for this provision).
- Packaging companies will still be accountable to their customers
Foreign Supplier Verification (Proposed)
- Applies to all "importers of food" and requires verification activities to ensure that imports are in compliancce with Preventive Controls measure, are not adulterated, and do not contain undeclared food allergens
- For the purpose of this provision, "food" does include food packaging
- Defines "Importer" as USA owner or consignee (or agent/rep of foreign owner) of the article of food at time of entry to the United States
Sourced from FIBCA. "FIBC Food Safety Guide" " Web. Jan. 2017.