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Flexible Package Integrity Bulletin

Flexible Package Integrity Committee of the National Food Processors Association (now GMA)

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The first pictographic dictionary of common defects for the flexible packaging industry drafted by the GMA (formerly NFPA) Flexible Package Integrity Committee (formed January 26, 1984). The committee involved over 130 packaging experts in the development of this bulletin to serve three purposes:

1) A resource that producers, developers, and processors of four types of flexible packages could use as a pictorial dictionary to identify and classify common defects.
2) Establish good manufacturing practice guidelines for primary manufacture of acceptable packages including “Hold for Investigation” (HFI) guidelines for industry approval.
3) List appropriate test methods for each of the four package types for testing filled packages.

This reference can be useful for all who develop, manufacture, regulate, distribute or use flexible containers. For purposes of clarity and exactness of definition, the packages covered in this bulletin are divided into four types. Defect definitions, GMPs, and test methods are addressed separately for the respective types: Paperboard Packages, Flexible Pouch Packages, Plastic Packages with Heat Sealed Lids, and Plastic Cans with Double Seamed Metal Ends.

Product Details:

Product ID: SRA-1989-f
Publication Year: 1989
Page length: 46 pages