Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) has reassured consumers that its packages are made of food grade materials and are handled in line with internationally recognized food safety standards in an effort to ease concerns about food safety due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr. Kitti Wangwiwatsilp, Chairman of the CPF Sustainable Packaging Working Group, said food safety has been a key focus for the company. The company continues to follow internationally-recognized standards such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).
He added that CPF has Implemented extra measures in the production line during the COVID-19 pandemic. Automation is being used as much as possible to reduce human contact, especially during the packing process to ensure highest safety from farm to table. Moreover, the company always placed utmost importance to the material selection. CPF’s packages are made of quality food grade plastics that prevent contamination.
“CPF uses plastic packaging that has been certified for safety in accordance with international standards. In every packaging development that we make, the package must pass a safety test before it is actually released in the market,” said Mr. Kitti.
Mr. Kitti added that, when choosing packaging materials, CPF takes into account both food safety and sustainability dimensions. Therefore, the company chooses to use food grade plastics that are safe for consumption such as the use of heat-resistant Polypropylene plastic (PP) that is considered to be microwavable for packages of ready-to-eat meals, shrimp wonton, sausages, and etc.
In terms of sustainability, the company is committed to designing and developing food packages that are recyclable or compostable. At present, 99.99% of CPF’ plastic packages are either reusable or recyclable. CPF is the first company in Thailand to use plant-based Polylactic Acid (PLA) trays, which is a bioplastic made from natural renewable resources in chilled raw chicken and pork products.
In addition, mono-material plastic that is 100% recyclable is being used with CP Selection’s chilled pork and chilled chicken products and CP Egg Roll Omelettes.
Safe production and packaging have built up confidence among consumers that CPF’ products are safe for consumption. This also includes frontline medical staffs who received ready-to-eat meals from the company as a part of COVID relief project called “CPF Food from Heart against COVID-19” project, which initiated in line with Charoen Pokphand Group Policy to help Thailand tackles the pandemic.