Food packaging must totally conform to the FDA instructions to ensure the food quality and safety. The baby food and nutrient food are some kinds of delicate food that should be cast more concerns on.
Infant baby powder is among the highest risk consumable powders sold worldwide. It’s also a foodstuff that has been - and remains - under the spotlight of both consumers and authorities alike ever since the tainted milk powder outbreak in China during 2008. Every step of the production chain is scrutinized to the highest degree. With strict production regulations to meet, supplier audits to comply with, right through to the way it’s packaged – every part of the process needs to play its part to ensure consumer safety and satisfaction remains of paramount importance. While a number of regional regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), have established standards for packaging equipment design to diminish food contamination risks, there is no global comprehensive legislation or regulatory standard for equipment design.
Q: How can I make sure my food product packaging machine is hygienic enough to handle infant powders?
It’s a big question. Throughout my career in the engineering of hygienic packaging machines I’ve worked with infant powder producers across the globe and picked up some important tips and tricks that I would like to share with you for reference:
• Open and easy-to-access.
Easy cleaning must be a standard feature of the packaging equipment you are using. Easier access to machine parts simplifies
• Tool-less parts removal.
Ideally you want to be able to remove parts with ease, clean the component and replace the part. The result is maximized uptime.
• Cleaning options
As food manufacturers you require a varying level of hygiene - depending on what process and regional regulations you are trying to meet. Ideal cleaning method for powder applications globally is dry wipedown. Parts in contact with the product might be further cleaned with alcohol applied on a cloth. And your automatic packaging machine packing machinery should have automatic cleaning functions.
• Stainless-steel frame.
Stainless steel is the most hygienic construction material available for packaging machines suppliers worldwide. You need to ensure that every single machine surface that comes into contact with your product is made of stainless steel – it greatly reduces risk of contamination.