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Posted 08 December 2021 - 10:42 PM

Hello everyone,

 

Our company provides warehousing for green coffee beans and we are in need of a stencil kit for jute sacks (burlap). We have blank sacks in stock for moments when we need to replace ruptured/damaged jute sacks, however I have been unsuccessful at finding a paint that is food grade. The SQF Code does not address this. Does anyone know if it needs to be food grade? 

 

My concern is that the jute sacks are not impermeable and the paint can come in direct contact with the beans. We would obviously paint the sacks prior to re-packaging.

 

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 09 December 2021 - 02:08 PM


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Posted 09 December 2021 - 07:37 PM

Paint seems extremely crude/unhygienic.

 

Stickers ? ( I have no idea what burlap is )


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Posted 09 December 2021 - 08:19 PM

Have you thought about sewing a tag as an identifier when you sew the burlap closed? No paint required and is still attached to the bag. I've seen this done quite a bit on green beans.


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Posted 09 December 2021 - 10:19 PM

I have not thought about this, thank you for the insight. I am going to look into this as a quick solution, however I do need to find a long term formal process to implement that would include stenciling empty sacks. 

 

Have you thought about sewing a tag as an identifier when you sew the burlap closed? No paint required and is still attached to the bag. I've seen this done quite a bit on green beans.



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Posted 09 December 2021 - 11:00 PM

Sewing tags is the most common way. They make machines that hang near the bagging area just for this purpose. Im not sure you will find any auditors that are going to be pleased to see painting on such a porous bag, food-grade or not. Sewing eliminates paint spills and keeps the work area cleaner.

 

Its just a thought and its less risk.



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Posted 10 December 2021 - 03:07 PM

I am unfamiliar with these machines, would you mind sharing a link? We typically receive the sacks from origin where they are stenciled using paint. Our facility is SQF Certified and we have had no concerns from auditors regarding the ink. 

Sewing tags is the most common way. They make machines that hang near the bagging area just for this purpose. Im not sure you will find any auditors that are going to be pleased to see painting on such a porous bag, food-grade or not. Sewing eliminates paint spills and keeps the work area cleaner.

 

Its just a thought and its less risk.



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Posted 10 December 2021 - 03:43 PM

How do you close the bags once you repack the damaged / ruptured bags? As far as SQF is concerned the risk was assessed by your coffee supplier / burlap bag supplier. Once you add the marking with paint in your facility you have to address this risk since you are adding this step to your process. 


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Posted 10 December 2021 - 03:58 PM

We sew the sacks with jute twine. 

 

Yes, I am aware we must do a risk assessment and address. I am just wanting to know if anyone is familiar with how the stenciling is done so that we can do it too. 

 

Thanks 

 

How do you close the bags once you repack the damaged / ruptured bags? As far as SQF is concerned the risk was assessed by your coffee supplier / burlap bag supplier. Once you add the marking with paint in your facility you have to address this risk since you are adding this step to your process. 



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Posted 14 December 2021 - 10:59 PM

Paint seems extremely crude/unhygienic.

 

Stickers ? ( I have no idea what burlap is )

 

 

Burlap is a little sketchy to me.  lol.  

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Posted 15 December 2021 - 02:43 PM

Would this be just for the repacking of damaged stock? Any way you could get empty sacks from the supplier pre-stencilled and hold some stock for when there are damages?

 

I feel it will be complicated to add another step to the process especially painting primary packaging. 



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Posted 23 December 2021 - 01:03 PM

Green coffee roaster here...tags get torn off in shipment. Paint on the bag is the ideal situation if you can get that worked out! 






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