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Improving food safety through packaging

the safety of packaging is necessary for food manufacturers, not only from the perspective of protecting food from spoilage and safe consumption, but also from the aspects of preventing human destruction, bioterrorism attacks and counterfeit products

the destruction of traces is not only aimed at consumers. McCormick Co. sold a feature method through perforations and the use of destruction marks to food manufacturers on 50 pound seasoning packages

food manufacturers and their suppliers are developing a variety of packaging technologies to keep food from the above adverse damage, ensure safety, and provide rapid and thorough tracking and tracing in recall events

explicit and implicit packaging technology is becoming more and more perfect. Explicit packaging technology refers to the visible parts on the package, such as batch number and damaged trace band. The hidden packaging technology is to make invisible marks on the packaging, which requires a scanner or other detection equipment to identify. UV luminous ink is an example of hidden safety packaging

in addition, food and beverage companies are accelerating the application test of RFID (radio frequency identification) in packaging to meet the needs of retailers. This will make the whole box or pallet of products get greater control in the supply and distribution chain, and will increase the safety of products in the sales process

the basic reason for making integrated packaging of various security features is to prevent malicious damage and find evidence left after even a little damage. Destroying the trace package can clearly show the visible mark left after the damage, proving that it has been disassembled or the seal has been broken

the destruction of trace technology is not only applied to the packaging of consumer end products. McCormick Co. uses a packaging containing destruction of trace technology to package 50 pound spices, medicinal materials, spices and some solid essence for sale to food manufacturers. This packaging is a multi-layer, clamped and sealed paper bag. Exopack LLC designed this kind of package for how mccor Jinan assay testing machine is maintained. Mick company designed this kind of package. It contains perforations, and includes destruction and trace retention technology at each seal. It also combines the packaging primer and adhesive into the design, so that if it is deliberately damaged, it will leave traces of fiber unpacking. On the contrary, the traditional clamped sealed bag cannot detect such damage. Combating counterfeiting

another level of safe packaging technology is committed to combating global food and beverage counterfeiting. The purpose of food manufacturers is to develop a packaging that is difficult and expensive for counterfeiters to imitate, so that counterfeiting cannot continue, or even try to fake

for luxury goods such as caviar, champagne and high alcohol, counterfeiting has brought brand safety problems to the sales of such goods for a long time. The vice president of microtrace LLC said, "it is a big misunderstanding to think that anti-counterfeiting technology is only used for high-end products. We are designing such packaging for some bulk commodities sold even in gas stations, and are also receiving consulting from more and more food companies."

Doug Frazier, global product safety director from Abbott, said: the purpose of packaging safety design is to set obstacles for counterfeiters and facilitate the identification of manufacturers. The unique technology will be incorporated into the production process, making it much more difficult for counterfeiters to make counterfeits. "

invisible code readable under special light

Abbott has developed a comprehensive and in-depth technology for its nutrition and drugs to deal with counterfeit goods. The company uses explicit and implicit packaging safety technology in most of its products. Director Frazier said that he would continue to apply new technologies to combat counterfeiting

director Frazier continued: "Authenticity verification includes many forms, some of which are implicit and some of which are explicit. Explicit features include ink transfer, holography, ink ribbon transfer, liquid crystallization, continuous/random numbering, safety lines, watermarks, etc. implicit features include markers, machine-readable inks, digital watermarks, invisible images, safety films, fluorescent particles, etc. it is best for every company to carry out composite detection and identification of its products with a variety of technologies. ”

taggants (markers) are traceable micro particles that can be made into packaging materials such as paper, plastic particles, films, adhesives and inks. Trace tracking user-defined code uses a trace mark particle to provide each consumer with a unique mark. This mark code is a unique digital code, which can continuously reflect multiple colors and modes. Special markers contain energy sensitive particles. When asked by a hand-held code reader, the product is tested for authenticity through the feedback signal. Labels can be made into many parts of the packaging that still do not get rid of the technical barrier bottleneck of international mainstream multinational companies, such as labels, containers and heat shrinkable belts, providing several layers of security protection

many packaging security experts suggest using multiple explicit and/or implicit security means to protect products and brands. Earle Ingalls, vice president of marketing and marketing of Document Security Systems Inc. from Rochester, New York, said, "we encourage the use of multiple protection, because it will increase the difficulty of packaging replication"

the company's authenticuard veriglow technology contains two layers of hidden security protection. This kind of packaging or label is printed with invisible security ink, and also encoded with hidden patterns or text. A special light source is needed to detect the luminescence of the safety ink, and a hand-held decoding lens is also needed to view the hidden information

another study, authenticuard prism technology, uses hidden patterns or information printed on packages or labels. These hidden information is not visible to the naked eye. A proprietary hand-held lens is needed to check the authenticity of the information. If the label is photocopied, the hidden pattern will not be copied

the first step of safety protection

there are few statistics on the growth of food counterfeiting commodities in the world, but a report provided by the European Commission shows that EU customs arrested a total of 44million cases of food, alcohol and other beverage counterfeiting in 2004, which is about more than the growth of nearly 200% in previous years

reports from these regions show that Nestle, Lipton and Coca Cola brands have been severely affected by counterfeit goods in Europe, but their performance depends on the operation of computer servo system to play a heavy impact, and the brands of Carre and Pepsi are also becoming the targets of counterfeit attacks

globally, the products most vulnerable to counterfeiting include nutritional supplements, coffee, infant formula, bottled water, soy sauce and other seasonings in the history of vibration testing machines

Kraft Jacobs coffee became the main target of counterfeit attacks in Romania in 2002, while Similac infant formula, a company of Abbott, became the main victim of counterfeiting in the U.S. market a few years ago

Carolyn burns, global marketing manager of DuPont, commented that counterfeiters seek a high degree of brand identity, use those well-known brand names, and resell them at a high price after simple imitation. On the packages of fake Jacobs coffee and Similac milk powder, the counterfeit can be detected by instruments. The fake Jacobs coffee package was marked with the wrong batch number and the best drinking date code, while the fake Similac milk powder can was marked with a non-existent batch number

Jack Walsh, safety printing sales manager of Videojet Technologies Inc, said that the use of compound marks of batch number, batch number and/or date on the main packaging of products is the first step of safety protection. For threats from counterfeiters, terrorists and saboteurs, it can indeed play a better protective effect. Walsh added that a code may only be a fresh-keeping period for consumers, but for manufacturers, it is an insurance measure for manufacturers and part of a special batch number

Ballantine produce, which supplies goods to Wal Mart and other shopping malls, is not required to use RFID (radio frequency identification) tags, but the director of the company's IT department said that analyzing the information provided by RFID technology when products circulate in the supply chain has obvious product safety, traceability and controllability of the processing process. If consumers are faced with problematic products, or food manufacturers believe that a batch number of products are dangerous or do not comply with national standards and regulations, the company may use this packaging code to warn wholesalers, retailers and consumers, and implement a recall

tracking through RFID (radio frequency identification technology)

in the action against bioterrorism attacks in 2002, the tracking of raw materials and packaging materials has produced great significance. In order to meet the needs of packaging tracking and pay attention to the status of products in the supply chain, RFID technology is well positioned to assist such actions

although security is not the main driver driving RFID to conduct RFID small-scale experiments in baltine Production Co., the company still expects security to become one of the benefits of this application

David Silva, director of information system of Ballantine company, said that he would feed back the relevant data of products in the circulation process from retailers. When he had to recall these goods with RFID tags, he could control the recall at the container level. Silva added that "it is simpler than the recall without RFID technology", and the recall without RFID technology is more heavy at the pallet level or batch number level. When we start to analyze the relevant data in the product circulation process provided by RFID technology, the food safety and traceability are obvious. Not only that, but also the improvement of processing technology is obvious, especially for some time sensitive products. In the small-scale experiment of Ballantine, RFID tags are used to track the whole process of corrugated boxes, reusable plastic frames (RPCs) and peach and nectarine pallets from the packaging equipment of reedley and Calif to Wal Mart distribution center. At present, RFID tags are not mandatory in the goods sent by Ballantine to Wal Mart

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