Secondary packaging for CSA deliveries
Denver County Colorado
Your question came to me through the eXtension system also so I will relay the earlier answer. Produce crates need to be cleanable if they are to be reused so the best option is to purchase food grade bins, crates, or totes and clean and sanitize them between uses. Cardboard boxes can only be treated as single use containers for fresh produce.
Good luck with your project, I hope this helps.
Very helpful! Thank you.
Is there an FDA reg, USDA guidance, or some other source for this? I need to familiarize myself with applicable requirements.
Also, if a regular cardboard box was lined with a disposable plastic lining, could the box be reused since it wouldn't come in contact with the food?
Many thanks for your input. Happy holidays!
Oh, that was from me - Sarah Martinez at 25 Farms. www.25farms.com
Sarah, for more information, I would suggest checking on the FDA's produce safety webpage - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm304045.htm
and also the Produce Safety Alliance website: http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/
Lining produce boxes with plastic bags would not work because there is still a high risk of cross contamination and there would be no way to effectively clean and sanitize the boxes if they are made of cardboard.