Plastic pallets as the safest choice for inbound supply chain

Why use plastic pallets over wooden?

The food industry is one of the most strictly regulated sectors in the country. Rightly so, because only in this way safety of our food chain can be guaranteed. Therefore, it is best to use plastic instead of wooden pallets for the transport of your inbound flows. These pallets can also be found in the CHEP pallet pool.

Food hygiene is priority

Working with food products is always a risky business. In order to limit the risk of contamination by viruses and bacteria, butchers, dairy producers and other food processing companies apply strict hygiene regulations. The guiding principle is the European regulation 852/2004 on food hygiene, which includes guidelines on personal hygiene, equipment and maintenance of the production environment and waste management.

Avoid product damage and pollution

Not only production companies should pay attention to hygienic norms and rules, also suppliers need to be careful. After all, contamination occurs at unexpected moments and places. For example, wooden pallets on which ingredients and raw materials and packaging are still often delivered, can have have splinters and cavities or hidden corners where dust or moisture can get piled up. The nails or sharp edges can also be a cause of product damage. Luckily there is a safer alternative: plastic pallets.

Use of wooden pallets not always allowed

production floor sugar factory
In many food processing plants, the use of wooden pallets is prohibited.

In many food processing plants, the use of wooden pallets on the production floor is not allowed. This means that when delivered on wooden pallets, all raw materials, ingredients or packaging materials must be transferred to a plastic carrier in the factory. This requires extra time and action, but it also increases the risk of damage and therefore contamination. Standardising your inbound supply chain can also help.

Plastic pallets in accordance with international standards
The plastic pooled pallets that CHEP offers, are made of new and durable polypropylene (PP) or high density polyethylene (HDPE) and comply with the standards ISO 8611-1991, JISz 0606 and ASTM D1185-94. The surface has no closed cavities, is non-porous and is resistant to acids, greases and odours. In this way, CHEP pallets help you comply with International Featured Standards (IFS), British Retail Consortium (BRC) food safety regulations and World Health Organisation Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 

Plastic pallet pooling with CHEP

In addition, plastic pallets are part of CHEP's share & reuse business model, which means that you do not buy pallets, but rent them. So you only pay for the use of the pallets, the rest is taken care of by CHEP, resulting in less work and administration for you.
After use, the pallets return to the service centre for washing and checking. This allows us to guarantee the standard dimensions and quality. If the pallets no longer meet the CHEP quality standard, they are taken out of circulation and sold for recycling. With the inbound solutions of CHEP you can be sure of a sustainable and safe supply chain.

Contact the CHEP specialists today and they will help you to meet the strict food safety regulations for food transport.

Switching to plastic pallets?
plastic pallets piled up in service center
After use, the pallets return to the service centre to be washed and checked.

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