Secondary packaging for CSA deliveries


I am on the board of 25 Farms, a Denver-based organization delivering fresh, local produce to customers on a bi-weekly basis. I am exploring packaging options for our deliveries.

Currently, the produce is packed in compostable bags, which are placed in a single-use cardboard box. This is not financially or environmentally sustainable, and I would love to reuse the outer box if possible.

Are there any FDA rules (or other requirements) prohibiting the reuse of cardboard boxes or more durable crates in a situation such as this? We would basically give a delivery in one box and take back that box the following week, at which time the customer would receive their new delivery in a different box (i.e., swap it out). We couldn't guarantee the same boxes would be used with the same customers on an on-going basis.

The produce will continue to be placed in bags inside the box, but the bags are not sealed and it is possible that the tops of the produce will come in contact with the box it is placed in.

Thanks for your input!
Sarah Martinez


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