There are a lot of myths around FIBCs and which ones you must use at what time. Today, we will be discussing some of the most common ones and offer explanations about these myths and how to make sense of them!
Custom-print packaging might cost a little more but when you buy in bulk, the cost significantly decreases. Also, when you weigh the pros and cons, the pros outweigh by a great margin. Not only do printed labels add to the aesthetics of the bags but also leaves a positive impact on the buyer’s mind. They are also a great tool for publicity.
The first and the most common myth about FIBCs is that you must ensure that you use a food-grade bulk bag approved by FDA to transport your foods. Many-a-times retailers might ask you for inflated prices, telling you that a certain bag is FDA-approved. The reality is that the FDA does not provide any approval, accreditation or certificates to FIBCs. There are a few criteria, however, that have been published by FDA. For example, a bag must be made out of 100% virgin polypropylene resin in order to store and transfer food and that is what manufacturers and suppliers mean when they say that their bags are FDA-approved.
Even if your bag is made out of 100% virgin polypropylene, it cannot be termed hygienic unless proper care has been taken during the entire production process. Some of the criteria that are observed during the process to ensure no contamination are pest control, proper ventilation, detection of unwanted metal, record keeping, a clean wardrobe of all the personnel involved, proper hygiene of the personnel involved and hazard analysis.
Most of the bulk bags in the industry are made out of recyclable materials and the industry itself puts a lot of focus on the recycling part. Additionally, if taken care of properly, FIBCs can be used multiple times, bringing down the costs and waste generated. You can make sure that the end product is discarded in a proper way so that it can have a new life rather than just littering around.
First, it is important to note what GFSI is. GFSI stands for Global Food Safety Initiative which was founded in the year 2000. It is correct that GFSI is responsible for ensuring the safe packaging and delivery of food products but GFSI does not offer any types of accreditations or certification. Therefore, when someone tells you that their bulk bags are GFSI accredited, they are either making a false statement, or they mean that they have a third-party certificate or accreditation that has been recognised by GFSI.
Now that you know a little bit more about your FIBCs, you can make more informed choices about your storage bags, ensuring efficient storage and transportation of food and other sensitive items. And of course, when in doubt, talk to your FIBC expert - Virgo Polymer!