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What does Food Safety look like in 2022?

Packaging solutions to increase food quality and safety

Food grade FDA approved, BRCGS certified packaging

When it comes to the food and restaurant industry, food safety has always been a priority. These days, it is more important than ever with cleanliness and sanitation at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Yes, the past couple of years have taught us all to re-examine our own personal hygiene, and we have newfound awareness of each environment we enter, especially when it comes to eating out.


So, what can restaurant operators do to gain customer confidence in eating at their establishments? Cleaning, sanitizing, and wiping every surface down has become the norm, but what about the packaging used for your food service? Plascon packaging solutions are not only FDA approved for food contact, but also BRC/ BRCGS Certified. If you already know about BRCGS standards, you understand the added value that it brings to your food establishment, but if this name is new to you, you’ll want to read on to learn more.

Formally known as BRC (British Retail Consortium), and now known as BRCGS (Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards) this consumer protection organization was created to ensure the standardization of quality, safety and operational criteria for manufacturers to deliver safe product production. To be BRCGS certified, Plascon undergoes an intensive 1-2 day audit each year with an independent auditor who comes onsite and evaluates our production and warehousing operations.

Plascon has achieved BRCGS ‘AA’ Certification for five straight years – the highest score possible from a scheduled audit! The certification pertains specifically to packaging, with the scope of the certification in manufacturing, conversion and warehousing of flexible packaging intended for use in food contact packaging applications. 

If your business involves the packaging of food products, then BRCGS Certification is critical to ensuring the highest quality and safety to your end customers. Our team’s dedication to deliver the highest product integrity and security for our customers is ongoing 365 days a year, and as a team we will strive to continuously meet and exceed expectations for your food safety packaging needs.

Whether you are a food packager, or a restaurant operator, we have the packaging solutions for your products to deliver confidence and satisfaction for your customers. From box liners and poly bags, to cook chill and sous vide bags, to our patented Saftea® tea urn liner, we manufacture our products in our Traverse City Michigan headquarters allowing us to offer standard and custom packaging.

Box Liners

Plascon box liners protect and preserve foods during storage and transportation to final destination. Some examples include:

  • Garden fresh producecelery root 300x300
  • Meats & seafood
  • Grains & rice
  • Sugars & powders
Cook Chill Bags

Our 7-layer Cook Chill bags offer the highest quality for durability and strength to withstand the rigors of the cook chill process from cooking, rapid chilling, storing, and delivering foods. The Cook Chill System is easily scaled for use in large commercial kitchens to local restaurants. We offer a variety of bag styles, including straight and angle heat sealed bags, clipped bags, and handle bags, as well as clear and colored film options.

Cook Chill can be used on a variety of foods that are pumpable consistency, including:

  • Soups & sauces
  • Stews
  • Fruit preserves & pie fillings
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Salsa & dips
Saftea® Liner

Our patented Saftea® tea urn Liner is widely used in restaurants using stainless steel commercial tea urn dispensers. The Saftea® Liner addresses the issue of eliminating the potential for molds and bacteria to form inside the tea urns. Teas are naturally prone to molds and can easily form bacterial buildup in not only the urn itself, but also in the spigot that dispenses the tea. When not properly cleaned, this buildup can cause health safety issues. Using Saftea® Liner eliminates the tea from direct contact inside the urn and spigot, which in turn greatly reduces the chance of bacteria forming. The Saftea® Liner has an integrated tube that feeds through a special pinch-tube spigot, and also has a patented sliding zip-locking seal to aid in preventing accidental contamination entering the liner. As a bonus, the seal helps prevent spilling when moving the urn.

Saftea® Liner is most commonly used for iced tea, but is equally beneficial for:

  • Iced coffee
  • Fruit drinks
  • Lemonade

If you are looking for a food grade packaging solution that takes your food quality and safety measures to the next level, talk to our team to discuss options and request free samples.

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