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How are IFCO RPCs Washed and Sanitized for Reuse?

Posted by IFCO Systems
September 30, 2015

IFCO service centers wash over 1 billion RPCs annually, readying them for customers to fill with perishable food products for delivery to retailers and foodservice providers alike. Just how is this possible while also reducing water usage, conserving energy and guaranteeing proper sanitation? IFCO’s VP - Operations Andre Luecht says that it all happens with the help of sophisticated wash lines and carefully designed process controls.

The RPC wash process ensures that every container is completely sanitized after each use before it is shipped back for packing. The standard wash, rinse, and sanitize cycle is taken to the next level. Pre-rinse removes debris and loosens dried substances. High-pressure spray wash incorporates a low foam concentrated alkaline detergent, specially formulated to remove organic soils. A sanitizing rinse cycle uses high-pressure spray and chlorinated cleaner to finish the process, as well as a final sanitizing rinse with fresh potable water. The entire IFCO Wash Cycle is done at 140 degrees F to ensure effective sanitation.

Sanitation, speed of throughput, monitoring for adherence to strict quality control standards, as well as external audit and food safety certification programs, are all critical processes IFCO employs 24/7. Once IFCO’s proprietary green stretch wrap is applied, it signals that freshly sanitized pallets of RPCs are ready for shipment. If you’d like to take a closer look, click here to go behind the scenes of the RPC wash process.

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Topics: Sustainability