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    Why We Love Corrugated and You Should, Too!

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Jun 13, 2017, 8:05:00 AM

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    People manufacturing and working with corrugated have long known how amazing this product is. And while it is true that corrugated is wonderful, there's now lab-confirmed evidence proving just how great—and sanitary—it is. Here are a few of the reasons we love corrugated so much, and why you should use it any chance you get.

    Cleanliness Is Next to Corrugated-ness

    You may not equate corrugated cardboard with a pristine white laboratory, but it turns out that corrugated is actually just as sanitary! During the production process, liner board and medium are combined using a high-heat process that effectively destroys common food-borne pathogens, and the process is even rigorous enough to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for chemical sanitizers. In fact, a 2015 study conducted about this product went to six or more customer locations and tested corrugated boxes from six separate suppliers. What they found was that 100 percent of those boxes met clean packaging standards.

    How Does It Work?

    When corrugated is manufactured, a fluted layer of paper gets pressed and glued between two smooth layers of paper. During the process, the liner board gets heated by aluminum plates, and the temperature of the cardboard reaches as high as 200°F for nearly 10 seconds, and this is hot enough and long enough to kill most common microbes.

    It Complies with Industry Standards for Food Safety

    Because the manufacturing process for corrugated is effective at killing food-borne pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, corrugated is ideal for use in the food industry. And thanks to this process, corrugated meets EPA standards for food packaging and voluntary industry guidelines around the world that address quality standards for paper materials that are intended to be used in contact with food. Moreover, since corrugated food packaging is only used once, it doesn’t have much opportunity to pick up dangerous microbes in transit to the end consumer, and this is a great reassurance to consumers as well.  

    It Complies with Industry Standards for Food Safety

    Because the manufacturing process for corrugated is effective at killing food-borne pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, corrugated is ideal for use in the food industry. And thanks to this process, corrugated meets EPA standards for food packaging and voluntary industry guidelines around the world that address quality standards for paper materials that are intended to be used in contact with food. Moreover, since corrugated food packaging is only used once, it doesn’t have much opportunity to pick up dangerous microbes in transit to the end consumer, and this is a great reassurance to consumers as well.  

    No Audits Required

    Since it’s been confirmed that the corrugated manufacturing process is an effective chemical sanitization, corrugated can be used in the food industry without worries about non-compliance, and without needing expensive audits to ensure safety standards are being met.

    Along with being extremely strong, versatile, and the perfect canvas for detailed printed images and logos, corrugated is also a phenomenal packaging material because of how clean and sanitary it is. Thanks to the high heat manufacturing process that kills pathogens and meets industry standards, corrugated can safely be used in a wide variety of applications, most notably the food packaging industry, without concerns about safety or food quality.

    In the end, we think corrugated is an ideal packaging material, and would love to see more people using it throughout the industry.

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