Safe Quality Food Certification | Independent Can


Safe Quality Food

The use of global food safety and quality standards, such as SQF, have become a driver for the raising of standards for food safety and risk-based preventive control. The Food Safety Modernization Act has been put in place to address the problems of food safety and provides guidelines for best manufacturing practices.  Independent Can believes in superior performance, backed by documentation, and has had food safety as a top priority from the beginning.

Independent Can is committed to the structure, training and measurement required to achieve SQF Certification.  Our plans are to be SQF II certified in our Vandalia, Ohio by the first quarter of 2018 and our Belcamp, Maryland facility in the second quarter.

Our inks and coatings for food contact packaging are FDA approved and our material, electrolytic tinplate is food safe. We have been audited by a number of fortune 500 companies as well as the American Institute of Baking.

Independent Can has the largest, year-round stock program in the country.  Independent Can uses FDA approved inks and coatings in the printing and coating of our stock decorative tins.  Electrolytic tinplate, the coated steel that is used to make our cans, is also FDA approved for food contact.


In recent years, there has been much discussion about whether Bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in food and beverage containers. According to the FDA’s website, “BPA is a structural component in polycarbonate beverage bottles. It is also a component in metal can coatings, which protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces. BPA has been used in food packaging since the 1960s.”

The FDA states that based on its most recent safety assessment, they have concluded that BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods. “Based on FDA’s ongoing safety review of scientific evidence, the available information continues to support the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging.”  Learn more at

Consumer confidence and safety are high priorities at ICC. With increased public interest in BPA and the state of California taking legislative measures, we have taken the steps to make our stock program BPA-NI, meaning that BPA is not is not an intentionally added substance in the coating. Because the coating manufacturers cannot guarantee, at this time, that trace amounts do not exist in their coatings, we cannot yet claim the label of “BPA free”.  Coating manufactures are working hard to modify their formulas without compromising the high-performance requirements.

We began the process of changing to BPA NI coatings in 2016 and are committed to having our stock program completely converted by the end of 2017.  We look forward to answering your questions. Thank you for your confidence in Independent Can.