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The AIB International Consolidated Standards for Inspection Food Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities

The AIB Standards for Food-Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities

The AIB Consolidated Standards for Food-Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities were published as a tool to permit food-contact packaging operations to evaluate the product safety risks within their operations and to determine levels of compliance with the criteria in the Standards.

The AIB International Consolidated Standards for Food Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities are statements that represent key requirements that a facility must meet in order to keep the food products in a facility wholesome and safe. The Standards also reflect what an inspector would expect to see in a facility that maintains a food-safe processing environment.

Scope & Application

The AIB Consolidated Standards are applicable to Food-Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities.

AIB Requirements

The requirements of the Standards are covered in five categories:

  • Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
    Requirements for receipt, storage, monitoring, handling, and processing of raw materials to manufacture and distribute safe final product.
    Standards show how a facility can prevent people and processes from contaminating a product.
  • Maintenance for Food Safety
    Requirements for The design, upkeep, and management of equipment, buildings, and grounds to provide a sanitary, efficient, and reliable manufacturing environment.
    Safety Standards provide best practices for optimizing the design and care of the facility and equipment so that they are easy to manage and do not create sanitation or product safety issues.
  • Cleaning Practices
    Requirements for the cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, utensils, and buildings to provide a wholesome and safe processing environment.
    Standards in this category are related to cleaning and sanitizing. The methods of cleaning and sanitizing, the types of chemicals used, the frequency of cleaning activities, and the control of microbes must all be done expertly to protect products from product safety issues. The Cleaning Practices Standards give cleaning guidelines to prevent contamination.
  • Integrated Pest Management
    Requirements for the assessment, monitoring, and management of pest activity to identify, prevent, and eliminate conditions that could promote or sustain a pest population
    Standards in this category are related to pest management. While it is important to remove pests from a facility, it is more important to prevent pests from ever having the opportunity to thrive in a food environment. The Integrated Pest Management Standards give strategies for managing multiple approaches to ensure that pests do not adulterate food products.
  • Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs
    Requirements for the coordination of management support, cross-functional teams, documentation, education, training, and monitoring systems to ensure all departments of the facility work together effectively to deliver a wholesome and safe final product.
    Standards in this category are related to management and teamwork. It is important to have Programs in place, but if a Program is not formalized through designing, planning, management, documentation, and review, then Prerequisite Programs will depend on who is undertaking a given activity or task that day. The Adequacy Standards make sure that Prerequisite Programs are carefully designed and implemented to ensure consistency across the entire facility.

AIB Implementation Benefits

  • Identify, reduce, eliminate, and prevent food hazards in a facility
  • Prevent expensive and damaging recalls
  • Comply with government regulation and industry expectations for safe food
  • Improve and maintain a healthy, sanitary environment for food handling
  • Produce safe food products
  • Comply with benchmarked standards
  • Realize efficiencies through better management of documentation
  • Achieve certification