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#1 mjaecurry

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:45 PM

Hello. 

 

I am new to forum and I have a question: 

 

I work in plant that manufactures direct contact food packaging (Styrofoam and Paper Pulp to go packaging.) the plant is moving towards being SQF certified. Products are manufactured and shipped from this location. After the product is made and boxed the boxes are stacked on the floor. 

 

My question is- do we need to have the finished product palletized instead of on the floor?  I come from food manufacturing where this would never be a question, here in packaging I am not sure.  

 

Any input would be appreciated. 

 

Mike 



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Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:08 PM

Mike,

 

All finished packaging material should be off the floor, even if they are in they are boxed.

 

I believe the corresponding code to SQF Code is 13.4.1.1 (iii).



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 09:09 AM

We are a packaging manufacturer and we box all our products. we do not put them directly on the floor. They are pallatised. In areas which are too small we have angle iron runners welded together in a rectangular shape to sit the boxes on. Even the empty ones. In addition we have a layer card on the pallet beneath the boxes.We have been audited to BRC several times and this is a method we have developed to address their expectations.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 03:25 PM

When it will come into direct contact with food, I would treat the packaging material like food and treat it with all consequent care and concern.  I would keep the boxed product off of the floor at all times.  Anything less would be desecrating a critical packaging component.



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 03:24 PM

Wrapped or otherwise, your raw materials, WIP and product need to be off the floor.  This usually means putting them on skids

 

The sole exceptions I know to this are mill rolls from the paper mill and drums/pails of liquids.  We don't store our wrapped mill rolls on skids, but we do strip off several outer layers of raw paper as waste before use, as well as trim off the edges of the rolls. 

 

As for drum/pails, I actually had one auditor force use to put them on skids.  However, I've been through a lot of audits in 20 years and never have had anyone else tell me buckets and drums need to be off the floor.



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Posted 30 September 2020 - 03:50 PM

Question. would having packaging material sit on a piece of cardboard be acceptable? it wouldn't be in direct contact with the floor correct? also it is wrapped in plastic bags



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Posted 30 September 2020 - 03:59 PM

I also work for a direct and indirect food packaging manufacturer. In my experience it is best to have the product up off the floor on a pallet (at the least); this way you can see any potential pest activity underneath the product. 



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Posted 30 September 2020 - 04:01 PM

Not for storage. I'm Talking about the boxes or trays they are using during production 

I also work for a direct and indirect food packaging manufacturer. In my experience it is best to have the product up off the floor on a pallet (at the least); this way you can see any potential pest activity underneath the product. 



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 03:50 PM

I also work in food packaging manufacturing.  Keep all raw materials and packaging supplies for what you are producing as well as the finished product off the floor.  We have carts and plastic pallets.  If we are in a pinch we use slip sheets and change them out when they get dirty - that is a last resort if we have to remove any of the other items off the floor due to breakage.



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 06:05 PM

Hello. 

 

I am new to forum and I have a question: 

 

I work in plant that manufactures direct contact food packaging (Styrofoam and Paper Pulp to go packaging.) the plant is moving towards being SQF certified. Products are manufactured and shipped from this location. After the product is made and boxed the boxes are stacked on the floor. 

 

My question is- do we need to have the finished product palletized instead of on the floor?  I come from food manufacturing where this would never be a question, here in packaging I am not sure.  

 

Any input would be appreciated. 

 

Mike 

YES in 2018 - 2020

 

Thank you.


Kind Regards,

 

Charles.C


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 12:22 PM

Question. would having packaging material sit on a piece of cardboard be acceptable? it wouldn't be in direct contact with the floor correct? also it is wrapped in plastic bags

 

We have our packaging that is in direct use, wrapped in plastic, that sits on cardboard on floor. this is because pallets would take up too much room and causes accidents due to the pace of the work. the packaging is used quickly so would only be sat on the cardboard for minutes at a time. BRC have seen this and have no issue. 






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