Due to their sanitary properties and other benefits, wooden pallets are the first packaging choice for many food industry leaders.
Wooden pallets have been used to transport food since they were invented. Even today, wood pallets are the first choice for many in the food production and distribution industries. Not only are they safe in many ways for transporting food, they're also reliable and affordable with great load performance. Start a conversation with us to learn more about our previous experience with many food industry clients and how wooden pallets can be sanitary. Wooden pallets are safe for use in the food industry because:
Wood Is Safe for Contact With Food
Contaminates Do Not Stay on Wood Surfaces
Wood Is Easily Sterilized
Quality Pallets Won't Puncture or Damage Packaging
GMA Pallets Meet Industry Specifications
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Clean, dry wood is not a good breeding ground for bacteria and is unlikely to harbor pathogens. This means lumber itself will poses no health dangers in terms of bacteria or microbes and wood can even remove contaminants from its surface.
2. Contaminates Do Not Stay on Wood Surfaces
Research suggests that wood surfaces can absorb contaminants, making that surface clean. This means that even if a contaminant contacts a wooden pallet, pathogens and liquids are absorbed into the wooden fibers and away from the pallet surface. Other materials, like plastic, do not have this ability and instead keep the contaminant on its surface. Risk of cross-contamination is increased when these other materials are used because the surface contaminant is more likely to come into contact other objects, products and equipment.
3. Wood Is Easily Sterilized
Not only is wood generally safe to use with food, wooden pallets can be easily and economically sanitized through heat treatment. It's common for food producers and distributors to use heat treated pallets that are guaranteed to have all pests and organisms eliminated. Pallets can also be kiln dried to remove moisture and help prevent mold growth.
These pallets steam as they are removed from a kiln after being heat-treated.
4. Quality Pallets Won't Puncture or Damage Packaging
Wooden pallets from a reputable supplier won't puncture or damage packaging, another area of concern for those in the food industry. Damaged packaging can allow contaminants to interact with food and increase risk of spills or product damage. A high-quality new or recycled pallet will not have exposed splinters or nails that could damage packaging and will have no risk of negatively impacting the food.
5. GMA Pallets Meet Industry Specifications
The industry-standard food transportation pallet is the wooden 48 x 40 GMA pallet. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), now known as the Consumer Brands Association (CBA), has set pallet design and performance standards for decades. Pallets built to meet these specifications are dependable and ensure good performance under stress. The reliability of these pallets means that they have low failure rates and are unlikely to damage or contaminate food products and packaging. Wooden GMA pallets are ubiquitous in the food industry and are used around the world.
Wooden pallets are one of the best packaging solutions for food producers and distributors due to their relatively low cost, good weight capacity and overall cleanliness. They can be sanitized through heat treatment, are not good breeding grounds for bacteria when clean and dry, will not damage packaging when coming from a quality manufacturer and meet industry specifications. Pallet Consultants has many long-standing relationships with a variety of farmers, food producers and grocery distributors. Our wooden pallets are clean, high-quality, go through rigorous quality control processes and are guaranteed to exceed your food and grocery packaging needs. Talk to our pallet experts to learn more about our food-safe GMA and custom pallets.