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Posted 22 April 2020 - 10:36 PM

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I received sample bags that contain METPET and I would like to know if they pass as food grade before I commit to a large order of pouch bags from the factory we're talking to.

 

This is for a plant-based superfood powder.

 

My ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of our future customers.



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Posted 23 April 2020 - 01:01 AM

I see this is your first posting SeaEO, thus - welcome to IFSQN!

 

 

 

When "PET" film is laminated with metal foil they are then called "METPET."
 
The lamination increases the film's oxygen/water barrier and blocks out UV rays.
 
Most of this type of packaging is food grade and used for a number of dry goods such as cereal, pasta, rice cakes, etc.
 
You do need to get the migation/food grade specs however from the manufacturer as not all of this type of packaging is intended for food, depending on the makeup of the poly and foil it can also be used for non-food. 
 
And you sure don't want to be using a non-food grade METPET for food.

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 01:26 AM

Thank you for the warm welcome brother :smile:

 

Factory knows we are using this for our nutritional supplement. Can you get into more of what migation/food grade specs mean?

 

From what I know these bags contain metalized film/foil packaging.

The factory we plan on using pouch bags from (packaging) sent us a few samples to check out. So if the empty bags pass as Food-Safe I have nothing to worry about and I can place an actual order with them for thousands of bags knowing my customers aren't going to absorb metals in their powder.
 
I have CofA's for all of my ingredients and they show metal content on there already so the finalized formula will have safe levels, but I am just wondering about hygienics of the actual bag itself deriving from the factory. Not sure if this is even a concern to have, I'm a start-up and this is new territory for me; just trying to be compliant and safe.

 

 

 

I see this is your first posting SeaEO, thus - welcome to IFSQN!

 

 

 

When "PET" film is laminated with metal foil they are then called "METPET."
 
The lamination increases the film's oxygen/water barrier and blocks out UV rays.
 
Most of this type of packaging is food grade and used for a number of dry goods such as cereal, pasta, rice cakes, etc.
 
You do need to get the migation/food grade specs however from the manufacturer as not all of this type of packaging is intended for food, depending on the makeup of the poly and foil it can also be used for non-food. 
 
And you sure don't want to be using a non-food grade METPET for food.

 


Edited by SeaEO, 23 April 2020 - 01:28 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2020 - 11:53 AM

Can you get into more of what migation/food grade specs mean?........

 

Just ask them for a specification sheet and ask them for a copy of their most recent 3rd party or GFSI (SQF, BRC, IFS, etc.) audit and/or certificate.

 

If they are local you might want to ask for a look behind the doors.

 

Most companies do checks on their packaging on a random sampling basis to ensure cleaniness of supply, no particles present, etc.

 

I think you shoud be good to go with what you have.

 

The superfood powders, seeds, smoothie mixes etc are pretty much all in the same arena of packaging type.


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Posted 23 April 2020 - 01:49 PM

Can you get into more of what migation/food grade specs mean?........

 

Just ask them for a specification sheet and ask them for a copy of their most recent 3rd party or GFSI (SQF, BRC, IFS, etc.) audit and/or certificate.

 

If they are local you might want to ask for a look behind the doors.

 

Most companies do checks on their packaging on a random sampling basis to ensure cleaniness of supply, no particles present, etc.

 

I think you shoud be good to go with what you have.

 

The superfood powders, seeds, smoothie mixes etc are pretty much all in the same arena of packaging type.

Thank you for additional insight. You are the Man.



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Posted 18 May 2020 - 09:47 PM

"Food Grade" is a phrase that has many different interpretations.  It could refer to food additives that are purposely added to food.  It may refer to food-contact packaging.  It may refer to sanitizers and cleaners that are not meant to become a significant part of the food.  It may refer to utensils and food preparation surfaces.

 

Metallized Polyester (METPET) is commonly used in food-contact packaging.  The supplier should state that is compliant with the proper food-contact regulations.  You can find METPET that is not approved for food-contact.



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 12:11 PM

Hello ,

 

I am in the process to set up a food processing plant in Nigeria. For Manufacturing of Instant quick rice.

 

any recommendation on the automatic sealing machine that will eliminate human interface from filling the porch.






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