Non-Contact Food Box Regulations

Paul asks:

Are there any compliance regulations or audits needed for making non-contact boxes for food companies? (outer boxes)

We have customers that say no regulations apply to outer boxes that don’t touch the food. Now we have a new customer that says we need to be AIB certified to make non-contact boxes? Do you know the rules food packaging boxes?
Thank you for your help.

The FDA in 21CFR regulates paper and paperboard packaging of foods as indirect food additives. If this product is not fatty, aqueous, meat or poultry, but dry food then there are no regulations. However, you should have written communications from the linerboard suppliers (through the sheet supplies) that their products meet the indirect food additive regulations of the FDA. As of yesterday I do not know of the AIB’s certification in this issue.

As always, additional reader input is always welcome.

-Ralph

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