The bulk storage of many food products creates perfect breeding conditions for all kinds of insects. Pests often start small and can be hard to detect in the early stages - but the consequences are enormous. Just one single insect in every kilogram of the food product means that a lorry load can carry thousands of pests. Prevention and control are therefore key and can be done within the packaging. Modified Atmosphere offers a chemical-free way of pest control with a lot of positive effects. So, how do we do it?
Pests and contamination: the consequences can be enormous, even though the cause might be small - miniscule, in fact. Research has shown that stored product insects (SPIs) cause the greatest financial losses to food processing businesses of all pests, compared to pests from e.g. mice, rats, cockroaches and other threats.
In the case of food packaging, it’s not just the inside that counts: food packaging plays a big role in the quality of the product. It can make or break your food safety measures. Protecting the product inside starts by determining and eliminating the threats on the outside. In this blog we shine a light on three common contamination risks in food packaging. These threats exist in each step of the food chain, from production to processing, packaging and transportation.
Prevention is preferred over controlling, especially when it comes to pests in food packaging. Food products can be affected by insect pests during the storage and shipment period, causing unwanted damages to the final products. Preventing and eliminating these pests is key, but there is an increasing demand for solutions that are free of chemicals. Modified Atmosphere Packaging is one of the possible solutions provided by Masterpack.