FOOD SAFE TIN PACKAGING
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.
Independent Can Operating SQF2 Certified Plant
Independent Can is pleased to announce that its Vandalia, Ohio facility has now been SQF2 certified by The Safe Quality Food Institute. The SQFI verifies that our systems have been properly validated and demonstrate continuous monitoring procedures. SQF is globally recognized by retailers and foodservice providers. SQF benefits extend to our customers that are pursuing their own certification.
Level 2 SQF Certification, known as the “Certified HACCP-Based Food Safety Plan”, incorporates all of the Level 1 requirements, including Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practices as well as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points risk assessment and implementation. SQF Certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It guarantees a higher level of trust and acceptance in our global marketplace.
In 2018, Independent Can is pursuing SQF2 Certification for all facilities in which food-contact packaging is manufactured. That will be followed by our Conneaut facility in early 2019. For decades, Independent Can, through its own best practices, has met the high standards for food-contact packaging including food-safe materials, inks and coatings, as well as safe handling practices. This Certification will provide us with additional documentation of our efforts for the assurance of our customers.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
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 www.fda.gov.
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 for our stock program and completely converted by the end of 2017. We look forward to answering your questions. Thank you for your confidence in Independent Can.