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New CPI standard targets fresh produce sector

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The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has introduced the Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry.

The standard been adopted by three corrugated specialists – Smurfit Kappa, DS Smith and Saica. The CFQ has been created to demonstrate that the tray being used will provide safe and high performance packaging for fruit and vegetables.

Andy Barnetson, the CPI’s director of packaging affairs, said : “The new CFQ mark demonstrates that the UK Corrugated Industry is picking up the baton to provide the best possible packaging solutions for customers. We are providing the accreditation in support of the logo, which is further confirmation that the packaging is strong enough to cushion and protect fruit and vegetables throughout their journey.”

The strength and durability of trays carrying the CFQ stamp will be rigorously tested to ensure it is fit for purpose and in optimal condition for handling and transportation when it leaves the corrugated manufacturer.

CPI collaborated with the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO), which introduced a Europe-wide CFQ mark last year, to ensure that trays from various origins can also be stacked safely by defining a standard base size along with the size and position of tabs and receptacles.

Research commissioned by FEFCO said that corrugated trays offer an effective hygienic solution, reducing the risk of contamination during delivery of fresh produce. The research also said that this can extend the shelf life by up to three more days when compared to plastic returnable transit packaging.

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