Recognizing the critical importance of the supply chain in reducing the likelihood of contaminated foods reaching store shelves, Georgia-Pacific Corrugated is on a path to achieve Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification in all its box plants and produce yards in the United States. Georgia-Pacific's corrugated packaging group began the certification process in 2013 as a means to provide verifiable proof to customers that stringent food safety control systems have been implemented. More than 75 percent of its plants are certified, with some currently undergoing recertification. Nearly all of the company’s box plants will complete the process by the end of November 2014.
Several enhancements have been implemented in the company’s facilities, including state-of-the-art hand washing stations and metal detectors, as well as line clearance standards to prevent the co-mingling of different orders. The company also has a product stewardship program in place that can quickly track back to the roll of paper used to make the package and other material supplies, such as ink and starch.
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