International Paper announced on March 3, 2015 that its U.S. corrugated packaging container plants servicing food product customers will become Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified as measured against the IFS PACsecure Standard. View press release here.
The IFS PACsecure Standard, a collaboration between PAC, Packaging Consortium (PAC) and IFS Management was developed with input from more than 130 North American food processors and packaging material converters to identify potential hazards associated with common packaging manufacturing processes.
The GFSI certification addresses the requirements to assure food safety by applying the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles specific to food packaging. To earn the GFSI certification, International Paper container plants are being audited by an independent third-party team to certify materials and processes used in manufacturing corrugated packaging products that are safe for the food industry.
“PAC initiated the development of this HACCP-based standard with the support of Agriculture Canada and industry leaders. Our objective was to create a world leading food safety packaging standard designed specifically for package manufacturers. We partnered with IFS to take our standard through the rigorous GFSI benchmarking process and insure that our product was accessible globally, “ said James D Downham, President & CEO of PAC. “ Today, the standard is growing in Europe and the US. We are proud that IFS PACsecure was selected by International Paper Company, the largest pulp and paper company in the world.”
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