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2016 Label Enforcement Program

Effective September 1, 2016

IFCO pays close attention to the changing food safety regulations and the needs and challenges of our customers in meeting evolving requirements. Through our program of continuous improvement, we seek to maintain high quality RPCs and to partner with customers so together we can deliver high quality and safe food to customers throughout the world. As part of that collaborative effort, and to help facilitate compliance with new regulations to implement FSMA, CanadaGap® including the FDA Produce Safety Rule, and the FDA Preventative Controls for Human Food rule, we are pleased to announce the new compliant label and adhesive program effective September 1, 2016.

Program Letter of Introduction

On September 1, 2016, IFCO announced a new program focused on correct label use on RPCs. This program has defined compliant labels authorized for use on IFCO RPCs. The program includes a 90-day transition period. As of December 1, 2016, the use of any label outside the compliant label definition will be considered unfit for use and subject to enforcement action. Compliant labels can be obtained through any of the authorized label providers found here at www.ifco.com, or by following the standard found in the IFCO Label Specification Document. These new labels will ensure greater removal in the wash cycle, with zero adhesive residue, with the goal of substantially higher quality RPCs for everyone.

Program Summary

IFCO embarked on a comprehensive label program over two years ago to develop a solution. A three stage program was the result:

  • The first stage consisted of a research and development program with global chemical companies, international label providers and food safety scientists to develop new label and adhesive combinations. Today, there are 6 new label and adhesive blends that wash off completely in the IFCO hot water wash cycle while actually bonding stronger in cold water and cold storage supply chains.
  • The second stage of the program addressed internal SOP’s and documentation to reflect the use of these new labeling technologies. By optimizing the IFCO HACCP program and standard operating procedures to work with these new labels, we can provide a higher quality RPC in a shorter amount of time.
  • The final stage of this initiative is market release and enforcement. As of September 1, 2016, this label enforcement program is active. All IFCO RPC users and customers will be subject to the use and ultimately the enforcement of compliant labels. By committing to using the products developed in this program, each and every one of us in the food safety supply chain will be contributing to the highest quality RPCs possible and the safest and most protected food available.

 For further questions please contact Paul Pederson, Director Food Safety and Quality at paul.pederson@ifco.com 

Label Specification Document

This specification lists specific products and their manufacturers approved for use, and general product data to help guide RPC customers or label providers as to the enforceable limits when using labels on RPCs. This list is exclusive and will be open for annual review. Labels and/or label providers found to be out of the required specification will not be recommended for use. Parties found to be placing non-compliant labels or labels found to be outside of this specification will be notified to cease and desist. Continued use of non-compliant labels not recommended for use that are also found to damage IFCO Systems assets and/or leave potentially hazardous residue and/or substrate fragments will be subject to enforcement action.

Label Providers

The products approved for use in the label specification document are universal and can be obtained from your preferred label supplier or the suppliers that we suggest below:

Label Suppliers in the United States

DRG
300 East 4th St.
Safford, AZ 85546
Main: (928) 428-7450
www.drgtech.com

Pointil Systems
12807 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
Main: (503) 257-5097
www.pointil.com

Label & Bar Code, Inc.
4660 Main St.
B-360
Springfield, OR 97478
Direct: (541) 341-3992
labelguyphil@yahoo.com
www.labelandbarcode.com

Craftsman Label, Inc.
13101 SE 84th Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-274-4171
Growers@CraftsmanLabel.com
www.craftsmanlabel.com

Label Suppliers in Mexico

Flexo Soluciones S.A. De C.V.
Gerardo Aviles
gerardo.aviles@flexosoluciones.mx
01 (443) 3176798
flexosoluciones.mx
Specifications in English
Especificaciones en Español

Label Suppliers in Canada

Lintec
1-800-363-4867 
or 1-519-752-8007
Contact: Phil Wakely
Email: phil@lintec.ca

Design Label (DLS)
1-888-628-8892
or 416-605-8575
Contact: Jim Sanko
Email: jims@dlsinc.ca

Multi Action
1-647 285-5970
Contact: Mike Pelletier
Email: mpelletier@multiaction.ca

                                                                                             

                                                                                             

Lids

Field Operations
A lid should be placed in the field on certain commodities for the following:

  • Food Safety
  • Sun & wind damage and dehydration
  • Light sensitive commodities

Warehouse
  • Food Safety
  • Dehydration from refrigeration
  • Light sensitive commodities

A lid will help decrease the chances of cross contamination if properly placed on the crate and is recyclable

Lid Suppliers

Image Plastics & Packaging
26786 Vista Terrace
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(877) 537-3748 or (949) 598-9545
sarah@peakfreshusa.com or sandra@peakfreshusa.com

First Genesis/Sunflower Rubber & Plastics
40-2400 Lucknow Drive.
Mississauga, ON. Canada.
Contact: Chris Lee
Phone: 905-677 1598
Email: hlee@sunflowerpkg.com
Website: www.sunflowerpkg.com

Chantler Packaging Inc.

880 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5E 1E1,
Main: (800) 565-5245
info@chantlerpackaging.com

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