Regulations on box storage for food related boxes

Tim asks,

Ralph, are you aware of any regulations regarding the storage of secondary packaging for food related boxes? We make secondary packaging for a customer and they received some of our boxes that were covered with stink bugs. Apparently there was a small hole in the wall, which we have repaired, where the boxes were stored. Being that they are secondary boxes it does not required us to be AIB certified.

Those little insects get everywhere! There should not be any regulations for reasonable storage of secondary packaging. Below is a link for recommended practices for the storage of corrugated. https://www.pmmi.org/sites/default/files/PMMI-B155-TR2.3.pdf

I would also suggest that you walk through 21 CFR 110 for the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Human Food.”  You may also consider an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

However, regardless of whether there are regulations or not, your customers don’t want any little six-legged stowaways in their shipments. Perhaps you could bag or stretch wrap the entire pallet to protect against further infiltration or contamination from dust or other elements that me be present in the atmosphere.

– Ralph

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