Raw materials play a key role in the production chain for safe products. Metsä Group is committed to using only wood from sustainably managed forests. We always know the origin of the wood used in products. Most of the wood used by Metsä Group comes from Finland and always from certified or controlled forests.
When converting a renewable raw material into products, safety aspects are taken into account already in the research and development phase. This ensures that both their use and recycling is safe for people and the environment.
Our products are produced from fresh fibres according to good manufacturing practice (GMP) and an in-house control plan. The certified ISO 22000 food safety management system ensures that products, such as packaging boards, greaseproof cooking and baking papers and their main raw material, pulp, meet the strictest safety requirements. Numerous end use tests of finished products are conducted in both internal and external laboratories. These tests serve to ensure that, for example, greaseproof papers are suitable for use in microwaves and conventional ovens at high temperatures. In addition, the management systems serve to ensure that products intended for food use are not contaminated or damaged during production or transportation.
We closely monitor the origin of the chemicals we use and maintain a database of key chemicals used in production. This database includes environmental, health and safety data, as well as information about registration for substances in accordance with the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
Fresh forest fibre pulp produced by Metsä Fibre is pure and suitable for use in products that come into contact with food. Nothing that is hazardous to human health must be transferred to the food, and coming into contact with packaging materials made from our pulps must not change the taste, smell or composition of the food. Metsä Fibre’s pulp mills use an ISO 22000 food safety system.
Fresh forest fibre paperboards for food packaging
Packaging made from paperboards produced by Metsä Board is used for food, meaning that the production processes are strictly regulated. Metsä Board aims to exceed the regulatory requirements and stay a step ahead of the game. Producing food packaging involves not only guaranteeing safety, but also ensuring that there are no scents, flavours or harmful compounds in the board that might transfer to the food.
Appropriate packaging protects the food and reduces waste
Safe food packaging also serves other purposes: it protects the food during transportation and at the store. The packaging must protect the food from dust and moisture, for example, on the shelf and on the way home from the store. The packaging must not break or be dented, as these types of damage also compromise product safety and increase the risk of food waste.
Benefits of slow growing Nordic premium wood
Our products are strong, light and consistent in appearance. In addition, Nordic wood has superb acoustic properties and minimal thermal expansion.
See how Metsä Board's safe cartonboards are produced