All We Need to Know About Food Grade FIBC

Summary

When determining what FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) is right for you, there is a lot to consider. One of the most important factors that will determine what type of bag is right for your application is what you are packing in the bag. This is particularly important when transporting and/or storing materials that are sensitive to outside contamination and subject to government and/or 3rd party standards. So quite obviously, the food industry fits perfectly into this category.

Bulk bags are often a good fit for the food industry because of their ability to move a lot of product safely and efficiently on top of adhering to strict standards set forth by organizations such as the BRC (British Retail Consortium), AIB (American Institute of Baking), and the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). Adhering to these organizations’ strict standards is imperative. Violating these standards can be costly on numerous fronts.

Types of FIBC Fabrics & Bags

There are a wide variety of FIBC fabrics and bags for diverse packaging needs of industries. Find some different types of FIBC bags-

With a liner: Polyethylene (LDPE) multi-layer laminate liner that is sewed or glued for safe storage of highly hygroscopic materials

Sealed stitches: Sealed stitched bags are used for storage of dusty materials

Imprint: Available in three colors, can be made as per the demand

Form stable bags (Q- bags): Provided with a liner so that FIBC bag retains its cuboid shape even after filling. It ensures excellent storage and effective transportation

Coated FIBC bag: Laminated with polyethylene for protection against moisture and dust ingress

Food grade bags: This lining is attached for enhancing the shelf life of products

Uncoated bag: Excellent breathing properties

Top 5 things to look for when selecting a food grade FIBC supplier

There are many things to consider when selecting a food grade bag supplier. Here are our top 5 things to look for when researching FIBC providers:

1. Avoid suppliers making false claims such as FDA approved bulk bags.

The FDA does not certify bulk bags OR offer any type of FIBC certification. Any supplier making these claims should be avoided.

2. Make sure the supplier’s food grade bulk bags are manufactured with 100% virgin polypropylene resin.

Food grade bulk bags must be manufactured with 100% virgin polypropylene resin. This ensures that there are absolutely no recycled materials in the resin that can potentially contaminate the food product that is being transported and/or stored.

3. Supplier offers custom food grade FIBC manufacturing solutions.

Complex businesses require custom solutions and the food industry is no exception. Often times, food companies have very specific transportation and storage needs and custom FIBC solutions are a great fit. When shopping for a food grade bag supplier, make sure that they have the ability to get a custom FIBC solution manufactured for your business in a timely matter.

4. The supplier has experience working with the food industry.

The food industry is very complex and your packaging supplier needs to be an asset, not a liability. Be sure to do your due diligence on whether or not the supplier has experience working with companies in the food industry. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or ask questions!

5. If you need the highest level of quality control, make sure the supplier’s FIBCs are manufactured in a facility with third-party certification.

To meet the highest quality standards it is imperative that food-grade bulk bags are made in a third party certified facility that meets the minimum GFSI standards. BRC is an example of a certification that meets GFSI standards.

Conclusion

Food grade FIBCs are designed for the transportation and storage of dry foods, foodstuffs in granule and powder form and pharmaceuticals. It is vital that no loose threads or fibers are allowed to contaminate the bag contents, so these bags are manufactured in strictly controlled conditions to the BRC / ISO22000 standard.

food grade fibc or bulk bag is a flexible container for storing and transporting food products. Since food products are consumed by people, it is important that these bags are constructed in a hygienic environment with non-toxic materials and are manufactured in such a way that they can avoid contamination during storage or transport.

Published by avnid

I am a former business development executive. Currently I left my job and trying to peruse my career in blogging. You can except Technical Article, Cloud Technology Update, Any Breaking and Trending News.

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