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Food security

Protecting food is at the heart of what we do

At Tetra Pak, our core capability is packaging and processing food safely. We invented aseptic technology on which Tetra Pak’s success has been built. Today, our technologies, processes and expertise have created a complete system that makes it possible to deliver food safely right across the value chain: from food origins, into our customers’ factories, through processing and packaging to distribution, on to the shelf and into the hands of consumers. It all comes together in a Tetra Pak package – which is built around our promise Protect What’s Good.

Meeting the most stringent food safety standards globally

Food safety is at the very core of how we work and the processes and procedures that support us. We have a clear food safety policy which commits us to maintaining the highest standards of safety and achieving full product trace­ability through the entire food processing and packaging value chain. The policy is built around our core competencies, with dedicated and specialised food safety specialists embedded in all aspects of our business.

​“We do not compromise on food safety. Period.”

Starting with our packaging material, we follow a global specification that complies with the standards set by the European Union, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Chinese National Standards. Furthermore, our expertise in chemicals, microbiology and sterilisation technology allows us to contribute to food safety standards that reach beyond current legislation. Our collaboration with world-­leading experts, coupled with our reputation in the industry, allows us to work hand-in-hand with regulatory authorities. Together, we help shape new norms for food processing and packaging.

Under our policy, all Tetra Pak products and services are designed to ensure compliance with regulations and the intent of the Codex Alimentarius or Food Code. Codex Alimentarius is a specific collection of internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety, maintained by the World Health Organisation.

“We do not compromise on food safety. Period,” says Laurence Mott, Executive Vice President of Development and Engineering. “It’s a promise we make on every package. Not only is it a promise we make today, it’s also a part of our vision and our mission to protect what’s good and make food safe and available everywhere.”

Continuously improving the performance of our products & knowledge

As we improve the performance of our products, we also need to continuously improve our food safety focus and capability. Product performance and food safety requires continuous attention. This is particularly true for our packaging material and materials used in food contact. Tetra Pak works diligently to understand what materials are permissible to use in our products through such practice as food migration assessments and shelf-life modelling.

The current pandemic risks to undermine public confidence in food safety. At Tetra Pak we have always been, and remain, committed and dedicated to making food safe and available, everywhere.

Quality analysis reduces defect rate

When a Spanish dairy found product defects during routine sampling, they asked Tetra Pak to conduct a quality analysis to identify production issues and recommend how the system could be improved.

Deep expertise helps customer protect food safety

When a customer in Finland discovered elevated levels of microorganisms in their fermented dairy alternative products, Tetra Pak quickly responded to solve the issue.