Reusable produce containers often con...

Reusable produce containers often contaminated

There are 1 comment on the Food Production Daily story from Oct 13, 2013, titled Reusable produce containers often contaminated. In it, Food Production Daily reports that:

Keith Warriner, the University of Guelph researcher at the help of the study, told that unclean RPCs used in food transport are " a recipe for disaster.

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Jerry Welcome RPA

Ontario, NY

#1 Oct 16, 2013
On behalf of the Reusable Packaging Association and its RPC member companies, I encourage everyone to read this study in its totality. The author, Dr. Keith Warriner states, "From the results it can be concluded that there was no evidence of a food safety issue." However, he recommends that "the decontamination method of RPC’s be reviewed to prevent carriage and transfer of human pathogens.” The RPA and its members agree that ongoing review and improvement of food safety practices are important for all members of the food supply chain.
The RPC industry already has rigorous cleaning and testing protocols. The tests conducted daily by RPC suppliers exceed accepted standards, and have proven to be highly effective. We know of no evidence from either U.S. or Canadian food safety regulators to support any documented food safety issue with the use of RPC’s in the food supply chain. The reusable industry has an enviable food safety record and we will maintain our commitment to providing a safe and reliable means for shipping produce from farm to retailer.

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