As mentioned in our Christmas 2017 blog, street-food is enjoying its time in the limelight thanks to growing demand from the consumer for innovative, globally-influenced lunch and snack options. When the consumer thinks of artisan street-food however, it’s unlikely that they associate classic white or champagne coloured EPS trays with being an eco-friendly packaging alternative for their favourite street-foods.
Contaminated food can rapidly become a deadly danger. Throughout history humanity has been worried about "food hygiene" - even though this term was only heard for the first time in the 19th century. So where did it start. Here is LINPAC’s short history of food hygiene leading to our own developments in food safety through modern technology... Hygiene is derived from the Greek word "hygienos," meaning healthy and beneficial. The availability of healthy, beneficial nutrition is essential - causing humans to consider, even thousands of years ago, how to correctly store and handle foods so that they were available for consumption over long periods of time.
As three of the UK’s leading supermarkets launch investigations into their chicken supplies after a national newspaper uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings within the poultry industry, we have been urging manufacturers and processors to consider our bug busting antimicrobial solutions to help protect consumers. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers gathered by The Guardian newspaper appears to reveal how strict industry hygiene standards to prevent the contamination of chicken with the potentially deadly campylobacter bug can be flouted on the factory floor and on farms. The poultry processing plants involved have denied the claims and a Food Standards Agency review of the evidence has found “no risk to public health”.
We’re in the awards again! This time we have been choosen as a finalist in this year’s UK Packaging Awards for our innovative 100% recyclable Rfresh Elite tray. The packaging manufacturer, which serves the protein, bakery, foodservice, fresh produce and convenience markets, has been shortlisted in the Rigid Plastic Pack category. Senior packaging experts from many of the biggest household names in the UK retail and brand landscape scrutinised more than 260 entries. The shortlist represents the very best of UK packaging which makes the sector a world leader. Judges considered look, feel, quality, innovation and company performance to come up with the shortlist.
One of our key responsibilities as a specialist provider of food packaging solutions is to ensure the food in your packaging is safe to eat. That’s why we invest so much in ensuring our packaging is the best for protecting, preserving and presenting food. We can guarantee food safety by continually investing in ground-breaking technology, such as our super-cleaning processes and packaging solutions which safely extend the shelf-life of food and protect the consumers’ health.
Gary Bridges, a Multi Skilled Operator from the Featherstone’s foam cell operation, has won the inaugural award for exceptional performance in Health and Safety, Hygiene and Environment (HSHE) The award was deliberately not revealed to colleagues as the company wanted to choose someone who led from the front by their own volition.
Our St Helens site has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Best Factory Awards. The St Helens site produces packaging for the UK and European foodservice market including caterers, restaurants and fast food outlets and is one of 14 plants to be shortlisted in the prestigious Best Factory category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 26.
For the second year running each of our manufacturing sites has achieved the gold standard for their health and safety records. Our most recent audit, which measures the number of accidents and days lost to accidents, shows all 15 sites scored more than 80 per cent - the benchmark for gold status. Last year was the first time since records began that all sites had achieved the golden grade. It marks another fantastic year for health and safety at LINPAC and the latest scores demonstrate that the changes implemented across the company during the past few years have really started to become embedded in the way we work and operate. To see the results that we are doing so quickly is a great achievement for everyone at LINPAC.
At LINPAC Packaging our commitment to the health and safety of all our employees, contractors and communities is spelt out in our “We Care” policy and in the Health and Safety, Hygiene and Environment (HSHE) signs and logos, which can be seen around all of our sites.
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