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T.O. Plastics obtains AIB compliance rating for food packaging

T.O. Plastics, a U.S. manufacturer of thermoformed packaging and parts in food and other markets, recently announced that its Otsego, MN thermoforming facility has achieved a certificate of compliance from the American Institute of Baking (AIB).

Lori Grupa, marketing manager for T.O. Plastics, told PlasticsToday as it pertains to food safety, an increasing number of companies are requiring their food packaging suppliers to execute to a higher standard. Achieving AIB Compliance by scoring well on an AIB GMP Inspection shows that as a food packaging supplier, T.O. Plastics is committed to doing all it can to provide clean, safe, superior products, she said.

"Being AIB Compliant also provides us with a competitive advantage - not all thermoformers that do food packaging are AIB Compliant," she said.

The 65-year-old company produces a wide variety of custom thermoformed food packaging containers, including clamshells, deli containers, plastic trays and other custom food packaging.

AIB International's inspections are based upon a widely recognized set of consolidated standards that contain the requirements for achieving superior food safety in manufacturing operations. The comprehensive AIB GMP inspection audit evaluates the adequacy of operational methods and personnel practices, maintenance for food safety, cleaning practices, integrated pest management and adequacy of prerequisite and food safety programs.

 The AIB Compliance rating confirms that T.O. Plastics maintains its equipment, facility, quality system, packaging materials and products in a clean, safe manner and is fit for producing food-contact packaging materials in its operations.

T.O. Plastics has manufactured food packaging for many years. 

"With AIB compliance, not only can we continue to serve our existing food packaging customers at an even higher level; we can increase market share by reaching those companies that require these stringent food safety measures," Grupa said. "Sharing audit inspection scores with potential customers is a way we can demonstrate T.O. Plastics' dedication to providing them with the best food packaging products available in the marketplace today." 

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