The USDA us propsing changes to the Standards for Condition of Food Containers (Title 7 Part 42), which sets out the standards for defects and sampling of food containers. The USDA relies on these standards to ensure the quality of food is not impacted by its packaging.
From the USDA:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2012 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture is requesting comments on proposed changes to the U.S. Standards for Condition of Food Containers.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which develops and revises inspection standards to ensure that the quality of food product packaging is sufficient to maintain food product quality, is proposing modifications to reflect current industry practices.
“Updating the standards to reflect the advances in packaging technologies will help ensure that food containers are germ-free and the food supply is safe,” said Robert Keeney, AMS acting administrator.
Modifications to the standards would include:
* Simplifying and streamlining the standard
* Incorporating standards for new packaging technologies
* Including optional guidelines for evaluating container interiors
The changes would support over 22,000 food manufacturing establishments that may request inspections to ensure that the quality of their packaging maintains the quality of their food products.