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Food Container Standards Updated to Reflect Industry Practices, Packaging Technologies

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 17, will amend the regulations governing the U.S. Standards for Condition of Food Containers. These standards were developed for use by government agencies when requested to certify filled primary containers or shipping cases, or both, for condition. They are permissive and may be used in their entirety or in part by private parties.

The revisions will enable the standards to be applicable to most types of food containers and align them to reflect current industry practices. AMS states that since these standards were last amended in May 1983, innovations in packaging technologies have provided an increasingly wide variety of acceptable new food containers, including aseptic packaging, metal cans with easy-open lids, and plastic rings that hold several containers together.

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