There was an interesting observation from the food safety experts at the Gourmet Guardian, when they were here to prepare us for HACCP certification. When they were checking through our range of hair nets, beard covers, sleeve covers, aprons and shoe covers they mentioned how important these products were in the Australian Standards for Hygienic Production of Poultry Meat for Human Consumption (Australian Standard 4465).
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The Thailand Floods of 2011 have had a devastating impact on the region and the world. Many industrial areas were affected by the disaster, and a variety of industries have been impacted. Since the early 1980's, Maxpak has manufactured certain types of products (eg. bin liners, singlet bags and carton liners) in Thailand.
Unfortunately, flood damage has caused a shortage of cardboard cartons - and therefore some of the MaxValu range of products will temporarily be packed in plain generic cardboard cartons. Below are some examples.
Some facts about the 2011 Thailand floods:
There are many Maxpak products which come into contact with food at some point in their life span. These include carton liners, produce rolls, freezer bags, ldpe bags, box liners, slap sheets, vinyl gloves, latex gloves, plastic cups and a host of others as well! With so much food contact being involved - as well as the increasing regulation of food manufacturing industries - Maxpak has undertaken a programme for HACCP accreditation with our partners Australian Food Safety. As one of the oldest suppliers in the industry, we must continually improve our standards to avoid the dangers associated with unsafe manufacturing practices being combined with human food contact.
So, what is HACCP?
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. HACCP is an international risk based program first developed for NASA in the 60's and identifies possible hazards from the "paddock to the plate". The main principle of HACCP is PREVENTATIVE FOOD SAFETY.
We want to identify and STOP all potential hazards. A Hazard is anything that can cause harm to a consumer. Hazards are divided into three categories:
A PHYSICAL HAZARD included extraneous matter, foreign objects and any other physical matter not normally found in food, which can cause injury or illness to a consumer. Examples include wood, rust, and broken tiles - things that can fall into food or food contact related items.
A CHEMICAL HAZARD incorporates chemical substances that can cause poisoning or illness if they are not adequately removed or excessive levels are present. Cleaning chemicals are the main concern, however Chemical Hazards can also include pesticides, food additives (such as preservatives) and allergen contamination.
MICROBIOLOGICAL HAZARDS are an unacceptable level of micro-organisms or toxins in foods. Adequate cleaning and sanitising, as well as good personal hygiene are important in order to prevent these types of hazards.
Packaging, Environment and Legislation Observations from Maxpak
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