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Corrugated Supports Food Safety

Single-use Containers Reduce Contamination

In recognition of National Food Safety Education Month and National Fruit & Veggies Month, this week’s article highlights what makes corrugated a preferred shipping material when it comes to food products.

Why is Corrugated so Ideal for Food Products?

Corrugated is one of the most hygienic materials that can be used when distributing food products. In fact, scientific research has proven that corrugated packaging is not only safer than reusable plastic containers, but can also aide in keeping shipments of fruit fresher. The reasoning behind why corrugated is so much safer than plastic containers can be traced back to the corrugated manufacturing process. The material reaches a minimum of 212°F (100°C) three different times during the production, eliminating microbes and bacteria.

With four onsite corrugators that supply our manufacturing locations with sheets for production, in addition to the high temperatures, the number of touches to our sheets are also greatly reduced, adding a little extra peace of mind.

Sustainable One Time Use

Another benefit of corrugated is its recycling rate and ability for one time usage. Plastic’s ability to be continually re-used is one of the major down falls when it comes to why corrugated is so much safer when handling food products. Plastic, even when thoroughly washed, can hold bacteria in cracks that may be present. This missed bacteria has the potential to then be introduced to food products when the container is re-used. Corrugated eliminates the risk of introducing food product to bacteria due to its single-use nature, after which it can be recycled.

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About Rusken: Rusken is a dynamic, modern integrated packaging company with locations throughout the Southeast United States. With fourteen (14) facilities in seven (7) states, Rusken is a forward-looking regional organization. Headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, Rusken has experienced exponential growth over the last decade. This success is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, focus on family-based values and a commitment to a truly remarkable customer experience. From standard corrugated boxes to highly customized packaging solutions that require robust design-work, colorful printing and hand finishing, the good people behind the Rusken name are passionate about quality, delivery and customer smiles.