Ensuring Safety and Quality: Pando’s Commitment to QA and QC in Paper Food Packaging

Ensuring Safety and Quality: Pando's Commitment to QA and QC in Paper Food Packaging

In today’s global market, the safety and quality of food packaging are under intense scrutiny. Harmful substances in packaging materials are a significant concern for consumers and regulators alike. At Pando, we manufacture and supply paper food packaging, including paper cups, containers, and straws. Yet, we are deeply committed to maintaining the highest standards in QA (Quality Assurance) and QC (Quality Control) to ensure our products are safe, compliant, and environmentally friendly. Here, we discuss some key harmful substances currently under global attention and how Pando addresses these concerns.

PFAS: A Global Concern

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are known carcinogens, widely banned and restricted due to their harmful health effects. In Europe and the US, PFAS are banned in food packaging, and they are regulated in the Philippines. Although PFAS are not intentionally added by most suppliers, they can form indirectly during the manufacturing process. Pando is proactive in ensuring our products are PFAS-free by rigorously testing our materials and adhering to best practices to avoid any contamination during production.

Benzophenone: Avoiding Harmful UV Printing Chemicals

Benzophenone, used in UV printing, is banned in Europe and restricted in the US due to its potential health risks. At Pando, we prioritize safety by not using UV printing methods that involve benzophenone. Instead, we use safer alternatives like flexographic printing, ensuring that our products remain free from this harmful chemical.

Phthalates: Monitoring and Avoiding Plasticizers

Phthalates (plasticizers) are used to increase the flexibility and durability of products but are banned in Europe for direct food contact and restricted in the US and China. These substances are regulated in Asia, especially if the polymer is petroleum-based. Pando aligns with China’s GB9685 standards, conducting annual inspections and continuously monitoring to ensure our products do not contain phthalates, thereby safeguarding consumer health.

Toluene: Eliminating Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Inks

Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon used in oil-based inks, banned by brands with a presence in Europe, the US, and China. Pando complies with China’s GB/T10004 standards, having eliminated the use of toluene in our production processes over a decade ago. We ensure that our inks are free from toluene, prioritizing the safety and well-being of our consumers.

Conclusion

At Pando, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of QA and QC in our paper food packaging products. By staying informed about harmful substances and proactively addressing potential risks, we ensure that our packaging solutions are safe, compliant, and of the highest quality. Our dedication to safety and quality reassures our customers that Pando products are trustworthy and environmentally responsible.