In many ways, the food industry can be extremely challenging when it comes to sealing. The experts at food sealing solutions are generally not required to work under the high pressures and temperatures of the oil and gas industry or steelmaking. Pumps, valves, and pipelines are essential in the food industry, but unique operating conditions and industry regulations keep sealing experts on their toes.
According to the market database, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a U.S. federal agency responsible for ensuring food is safe, wholesome, and sanitary. There are specific regulations for the design, manufacture, installation, and use of hygienic equipment set forth by the FDA. As one of the most crucial commodities in food production, water is essential in preparing, processing, and cleaning food items. All seals that come in contact with water should consist of materials that will not pollute the water. The regulation ensures that the sealing materials will not leach, bleed or otherwise release contaminants into food. It is, however, imperative that sealing products are free of certain ingredients. In many food production areas, Animal-Derived Ingredients (ADI) are considered undesirable. According to the market database, using materials free of ADI reduces the potential risk of contamination in products intended for human consumption.
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In addition to regulatory compliance, seal performance often goes unnoticed. In seal specifications, it is common to state that the seal must comply with FDA regulations. Despite what this might seem like, compliance with legal requirements does not guarantee a seal will be functional.
The FDA-approved seal lubrication system may still result in contamination, even if the contaminants are harmless. No one would choose to consume contaminated food even if they were not aware of the contamination. As a precaution, the appropriate seal and material must be used. According to the market database, food producers and seal suppliers can use STAMPS (Size, Temperature, Application, Media, Pressure, and Speed) to understand an application and provide more informed recommendations.
Precpak to provide packaging equipment
A distributor of food processing equipment for the food industry, Precpak USA, now carries packaging equipment after signing an exclusive distribution agreement with Sealpac. Among the top brands in the food industry, Sealpac manufactures innovative tray sealers. As a result of working with Sealpac, Precipak can offer safe, effective, and efficient packaging to its customers. As part of the sustainability effort, customers can reduce the amount and weight of materials necessary to provide a secure seal.
Sealpac’s innovative packaging systems are ideal for baked goods, confections, cheese, and dairy products, convenience foods, and snacks, fruits and vegetables, pet food, lamb, pork, poultry, processed meats, seafood, and vegetarian options. According to the market database, food processors can maximize shelf life, improve food safety, and label food products properly with Sealpac Traysealers. These aesthetically pleasing packaging displays offer ample space for proper labeling and code dating.
PrecPak will offer the complete Sealpac tray sealer line, including A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, and A10. There will be a wide range of packaging systems available at Sealpac, including EasyLid, eTray, FlatSkin, EasyPeelPoint, TraySkin and TenderPac.
EasyPeelPoint, for instance, lets consumers easily open sealed trays without effort. As the design of the packs makes it irrelevant which way the trays are positioned on the in-feed conveyor, they can also easily be incorporated into a production line. For easy conversion, there is no need for logistical adjustments or complex cutting systems.
American Egg Board develops “REAL Eggs” seal
According to the market database, to communicate to consumers that egg products produced in the United States are superior to substitutes made from other ingredients, the American Egg Board has developed a “REAL Eggs” seal that food processors can use on packaged goods. The seal can be downloaded and used for free, courtesy of the American Egg Board, but users must register to use it.
All consumers want to consume high-quality, fresh ingredients. Most Americans want to know and understand the ingredients in products, and 20% choose foods and beverages based on authentic ingredients. In contrast with imported eggs and egg ingredients, U.S. producers adhere to the government’s food safety protocols. It also supports U.S. egg producers. The Food Processing Seals and its 10-year business outlook can be understood using Global Market Database.