Consumers Prefer Corrugated Containers in the Grocery Industry

One of our recent blog posts revealed that corrugated containers are far more sanitary than plastic containers. A recent study conducted by the University of California-Davis revealed decisive results in the debate over which shipping format is cleaner. Brown Packaging supplies corrugated containers to clients all over the country because we prefer the simplicity and cleanliness of this shipping format.

Toxicologists at Hayley & Aldrich concluded that corrugated containers are 100 percent safe and tested well below the acceptable level of 1000 colony forming units, a bacteria measuring system that was developed by Dr. Warriner from the University of Guelph, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and the New South Wales Food Authority.

“One hundred percent of the samples evaluated were below the sanitation levels of 1000 colony forming units (CFU) per swab for the organisms tested,” said Maryann Sanders, senior toxicologist, microbiologist and regulatory compliance specialist at Haley & Aldrich.

The test involved 720 swab samples from corrugated containers from six different manufacturers ranging from California to Florida. All of the corrugated containers tested below the 1000 threshold.

Why did corrugated containers test lower? They are only used once before being recycled and processed into new corrugated containers.

“The single-use approach for corrugated containers minimizes the potential for contamination. After they are used, corrugated containers are returned to the paper mill for recycling. The recycling process greatly reduces bacterial loading,” said Dennis Colley, executive director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance.

Around 90 percent of corrugated containers found in the U.S. are manufactured from recycled material. The process of recycling greatly cuts down on bacteria and reduces the risk of cross-contamination.

Brown Packaging manufactures corrugated containers for clients in Burlington, the Golden Horseshoe, Ontario, and throughout the GTA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.