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Food for thought: avoiding contaminants in food processing & packaging

Supplier: Flexshield
11 August, 2015

Quality assurance is of the highest importance for all companies dealing with food packaging.

From manufacturing and packing, to storing and transport, and everything in between, strict standards and controls must be in place to ensure the quality of food is not compromised or lessened in any way.


For food-related companies, contamination remains one of the biggest risks. Without quality controls in place contamination can, in short, ruin a company and force it to shut down.

Companies who produce food items must be extremely careful because they really only have one chance. It only takes one incident; just one contaminated batch of goods is one too many.

Think about it. Companies don't manufacture food for it to just sit there. Companies manufacture food for it to be consumed by people everywhere. If the food manufactured becomes contaminated in any way, companies are really putting their customer's health and lives at risk.

Studies show that a dissatisfied customer will tell nine friends about their bad experience. These nine friends each tell another nine friends and so on. Before too long there are hundreds and thousands of people doubting a brand or producer.

Government standards are in place in regards to contamination control and these must be adhered to. Companies must also have a duty of care for their customers, and should be responsible and proactive in looking for ways to minimise this risk.

Contamination control in action

Prolife Foods is a New Zealand food company founded in 1984, operating throughout the whole of Australasia and in increasing international markets. Prolife contacted Flexshield to assist with a solution to their contamination control needs.

Flexshield tailor designed and manufactured an adjustable SonicClear anti-contamination screen for Prolife Foods. This screen (which had been tested against a wide range of common chemicals and corrosive agents) was a concertina, made of clear, heavy duty extruded PVC material.

The contamination screen provided numerous benefits for Prolife Foods, and effectively reduced the risk of contamination in their production area. The screen provided a physical barrier to airborne contaminants (dust, splash, flying insects, chemicals etc.) allowing Prolife to create and maintain an effective cleanroom.

Moving forward

Australian food standards are very high and if they're not met, the legal repercussions are enormous. Don't put your customers at risk. Take action today to resolve a contamination challenge in your workplace.