The Significance of SQF Level 2 Certification in Flexible Packaging

Customer and client satisfaction don’t often happen by accident. More often, satisfaction is accomplished through research, training, implementation and ongoing improvement.  SQF Level 2 certification helps every step along the food chain achieve.

SQF Level 2 Food Safety Management System certification is quite a mouthful. But the bottom line is simple: food safety and reliability through voluntary adherence to industry-wide standards. In flexible packaging, it means integrity all the way.

SQF Level 2 Preps Businesses for FSMA Final Rule Compliance

SQF Level 2 certification is the gold standard for the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) education and compliance. It prepares the industry for guidelines that are now in force and those on the horizon.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  says this about the FSMA:

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.”

CGMPs regulate the design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities, says the FDA.

SQF Level 2 Certification supports uniformity in safe food processing, handling, packaging, and distribution guidelines. The program is recognized around the world, says SQF Institute, for “robust food safety control systems” and an ongoing monitoring process that ensures ethical standards dependable, high quality.

Certification Instills Food Safety Confidence

From market to table, people depend on grocery items to nourish, not endanger. The FSMA and CGMPs help protect consumers against inconsistent manufacturing processes and ultimately, unsafe food. SQF Level 2 certification pulls it all together for food processing and packaging industries in an approachable way.

Every link in the food supply chain affects the next, says SQF Institute. Consumers want verifiable evidence of food safety, and so do retailers because safety issues are often difficult to detect just by looking, smelling or even tasting.

Certification is proof that the food was handled with the best level of care that’s both known and available at the time. Retailers can stock safe foods, which lets moms and dads serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with confidence.

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Certification Supports a Great Reputation and Brand Integrity

Regulatory compliance and SQF Level 2 Food Safety Management System certification are brand integrity building blocks. High-quality food and food packaging make clients and customers happy. If it’s available every time, it’s not an accident; it’s the way the company does business.

Certification gives customers certain assurances.

  • Uniform food processing and packaging
  • Consistent record-keeping
  • Continual monitoring for compliance and improvement
  • Allergen management
  • Facility training
  • Process gap analysis

Assurances lead to goodwill, and that makes the company brand as strong as it can be.

Certification is a promise kept. At CDF Corporation, our flexible food packaging is reliable for you and everyone your brand touches. That’s why we recently earned our stripes with SQF Level 2 and what we aim for every day.

Download our food packaging product and pricing brochure to learn more about the flexible packaging options available to you and how our integrity helps support your good name.

CDF Achieves SQF Level 2 Certification

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum liners, pail liners, intermediate bulk container liners, bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has successfully achieved SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 2 Certification at both manufacturing facilities. The Flexible Packaging Group facility received a score of 97, the Drum and Pail facility received a score of 95.

 

SQF is a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) based food safety program recognized by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). SQF certification is a food safety standard that is comparable to BRC (British Retail Consortium) and FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification). The SQF certification program ensures that products have passed thorough international standards for food quality and safety. SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.

 

“CDF’s SQF Level 2 Certification further demonstrates our commitment to exceed the existing basic food safety and quality expectations. Each step throughout our various processes engages our employees in the food safety culture. This certification reinforces to our customers that we are committed to being a reliable packaging supplier within our various supply chains,” says Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging General Manager at CDF Corporation.

 

CDF has 30 quality and food safety programs in place, the following are some of the programs: Document Control, Management Audits/ Monthly Audits, Good Manufacturing Practices, Pest Control, Chemical Control, Storage and Handling, Training, Quality Control, Customer Quality/Complaint Management, Traceability, Hold and Release Protocol, Glass and Brittle Plastics, Sanitation and Maintenance. CDF is committed to making food safe products for all customers. With food safety as a priority, CDF customers know there is no risk in using CDF products for in-process manufacturing or as a finished consumer package.

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display an IBC tote liner at booth# 4 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held March 7th through the 8th at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV. The Ice Cream Technology Conference is the premier event for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. This is the only meeting that focuses specifically on innovations in frozen dessert research, technology and new market trends. It provides unique opportunities to learn from experts on food safety, labeling and regulations that affect the industry.

Representing CDF Corporation will be National Account Executive Leigh Vaughn. Over 20 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry, along with Leigh’s deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows her to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

CDF offers a wide assortment of flexible products to satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs, from pail liners and drum liners to a range of liner options for intermediate bulk containers, CDF has you covered.

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

CDF to feature Meta® Pail with Smart Pail® Inside at IBIE

CDF Corporation will exhibit Meta Pail at IBIE booth 720, North Hall.

The International Baking Industry Exposition will be held October 8th to October 11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. IBIE is the biggest, most comprehensive event in the U.S. for the grain-based food industry, bringing together more than 20,000 baking professionals from 100 different countries and every segment of the business. It’s where new products are launched, great ideas are born and creativity and innovation unite. Every three years, the Baking Expo™ puts you at the center of it all—providing unparalleled access to the tools, technologies and resources you need to maximize your baking business’ success. http://www.ibie2016.com/

CDF Corporation and WestRock, a leading integrated packaging company, have combined technologies to create an innovative solution to drive value throughout your supply chain.

The Meta Pail is a semi-rigid, vacuum-formed, plastic pail with a hermetically sealed peel-reseal laminated film lid, housed within an 8-sided corrugated container. Meta Pail was developed for transporting semi-viscous, solid and some liquid currently shipped in plastic pails.

The combination of the Smart Pail and the Meta® 8 is a highly effective packaging solution that delivers superior performance by: supply chain optimization via space savings, transport efficiencies and handling, reducing transportation costs, lowering operational costs, improving your sustainability score card (recyclable components- LLDPE or HDPE pail and corrugated container) plus less packaging and increased space savings.

Smart Pail & EZ-Flo on display at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail liners, drum liners, intermediate bulk container liners, bag in box and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting in May.

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The Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting will be held May 1st to the 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. The technical meeting includes varied technical sessions that provide know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

 

Representing CDF will be Product Manager Joe Wanner. CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™ and the EZ-Flo™, will be on exhibit at the ADS Information Open House on Monday, May 2nd. The Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system, was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The Smart Pail is inserted into a specifically designed corrugated box and stacked 48 units per 40” x 48” pallet for transportation.

 

The EZ-Flo Dispensing System is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.

 

The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and suppliers of raw materials, packaging and equipment to this segment of the food industry. Its purpose is to serve the best interests of industry members, its customers, and consumers of its products. http://www.dressings-sauces.org/

CDF Bag-in-Box targeting lubricant manufacturers at ILMA Management Forum

CDF Corporation will exhibit bag in box at the Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum.

 

The Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum will be held April 14th to April 16h at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in Bermuda. The management forum is three days of networking, informative sessions, committee meetings and the opportunity for customers and suppliers to meet.

 

Bag-in-box flexible packaging offers manufacturers many benefits, such as filling without air, resulting in no foaming, splashing or glugging; reduced plastic consumption compared to rigid cube-shaped containers and reduced transportation and storage. CDF’s liners fit with manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic fill lines. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are manufactured in a clean room environment, using cutting-edge CDF1 Smart Seal Technology that monitors and ensures consistent, high-quality seals. The liners come in two styles: Cheertainer® form-fit style or pillow style. CDF’s bag in box liners are available in the industry standard size of 6 gallons, other sizes are also available upon request.

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC and Bag-in-Box at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display an IBC tote liner and bag-in-box at booth# 5 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

 

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 12th through the 13th at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. The Ice Cream Technology Conference focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities.

 

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

 

Bag-in-box will also be on display. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for food applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs.

 

Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh has 25 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows Leigh to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

 

CDF exhibiting flexible packaging for petroleum products at the PPC Spring Meeting

CDF Corporation will exhibit bag-in-box liners and drum and pail products at the Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow.

 

The Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow will be held March 20th to the 22nd at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.

 

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of petroleum manufacturers. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for chemical applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs. CDF Corporation has recently passed the design qualification testing of a combination package; fiberboard box with a plastic bag. CDF’s UN certified bag-in-box will provide the highest levels of protection for transporting hazardous products requiring class II and III packaging.

 

CDF’s drum and pail liners provide outstanding performance in critical lubricant applications. CDF has the industry’s most comprehensive selection of drum and pail liners and accessories. CDF products range from tough, leak-proof, vacuum-formed inserts, to economical, round-bottom liners to the special protection of barrier-film liners. These liners and inserts can be used with many chemical applications, such as adhesives, automotive, coatings, detergent, greases, ink, lubricants, paint, sealants and soap. CDF’s line of drum and pail accessories include EZ-Strainers, dust caps, cover sheets and lids.

 

CDF’s Bag-in-Box receives UN Certification for 20 Liter Bag-In-Box Packaging

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has successfully passed the design qualification testing of a combination package; fiberboard box with a plastic bag. CDF’s UN certified bag-in-box will provide the highest levels of protection for transporting hazardous products requiring class II and III packaging.

 

The 20 liter bag-in-box packaging endured four rigorous performance tests executed by Ten-E Packaging Services; the tests include drop, stacking, vibration and cobb water absorption. Prior to testing, the packages were prepared exactly as they would be for transportation and in accordance to UN testing guidelines. TEN-E used an alternate solution in place of the hazardous material, as allowed by the UN testing regulations.

 

“Our development team did a tremendous job creating a product that meets the rigorous UN standards while offering unique value to our customers.  We are excited to continue our growth into the UN package market segment,” said Jay Waltz, CDF Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

 

For the box drop tests, each package was dropped from 47.2”. The first drop was flat on the bottom, the second drop was flat on the top, the third drop was flat on the long side, the fourth drop was flat on the short side and the fifth drop was on a corner. Any breakage or leaking during the tests void the package. One prepared package was dropped for each test. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the drop tests at 1.2m.

 

The stacking test is performed to ensure the packages are strong enough that they will not collapse. For the stacking tests, two filled packages of the same type are placed on the test sample. The stacked packages must maintain their position for one hour. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the stacking test at 303.9Kg – 24 hours.

 

The vibration tests are done to simulate the package traveling by motorized vehicle. For this test, the packages are placed upright on a vibration platform. The packages are constrained horizontally to prevent falling off the table, but can move vertically to bounce and rotate. Immediately following the period of vibration, each package is removed from the platform, turned on its side and observed for evidence of leakage. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the vibration test at 4.1Hz – 1 hour.

 

The cobb water absorption test is performed on the fiberboard outer package to test the quantity of water that can be absorbed by the surface of paper or board in a given time. This is to ensure the paper used is of high enough quality and that it will not disintegrate with moisture. CDF’s box passed the cobb water absorption test at 30 minutes.

CDF’s Flexible Packaging Division Passes Food Safety Audit

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has passed a food safety audit for one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies.

An auditor from Quality Assured Solutions was contracted to perform a food safety audit on CDF’s Flexible Packaging division. The food safety audit evaluates many aspects of compliance with respect to food safety, sanitary working conditions, employee training and the proper handling of food products and packaging. CDF’s Flexible Packaging division passed the food safety audit with a score of 88.1 out of 100. With this score, CDF has been approved to supply IBC liners to this highly regarded global food processor.

During the 16 hour audit the Flexible Packaging division showed that many food safety items were already in place, there is an active GMP program in place and there is a working copy of a HACCP plan. The audit was based on the customer’s supplier expectation manual. The manual is the standard and the supplier is assessed against the standard.

“We have been working on many of the GSFI requirements as we get closer to our ultimate goal of SQF Level 2 Certification in 2016. It was reassuring to have a well-respected third party auditor verify we are on the right track,” said Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging General Manager.

The auditing company, Quality Assured Solutions, offers world class consulting to the food, beverage and confectionary industries on a domestic and international scope.food