Product safety in paperboard production
Choosing the right packaging material for food contact is critical to ensure consumer safety.
As a leading fresh fibre paperboard manufacturer, Metsä Board wants to ensure that its product safety practices are equivalent to the standards that apply in the food industry.
Metsä Board production sites work according to good manufacturing practice (GMP), which is a basic requirement in Europe and described in Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. In addition to the basic requirements, all Metsä Board mills have an certified ISO 22000 food safety management system and the mills that produce paperboards for food contact also fulfil FSSC 22000 food safety system requirements.
The FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation's food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO standards. It demonstrates that a company has a robust food safety management system in place that meets the requirements of both direct customers and consumers. The GFSI brings together key players from the food industry and related industries to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world.
Metsä Board mills have evaluated their food safety hazards with a HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point) tool that is widely used in the food industry. To prevent the risks caused by recognised hazards, Metsä Board mills have defined preventive programmes that cover the entire production chain. These programmes cover raw materials, and include for example hygiene areas and rules, microbe control, pest control and controlled maintenance. In addition to our own operations, an appropriate level of hygiene is also required from Metsä Board’s suppliers and subcontractors to ensure that paperboards are protected against contamination at every stage of the supply chain.