CORRECTED: IFCO Systems is working with a cleaning and hygiene products provider to help ensure the returnable plastic containers that ship fresh produce meet strict food safety standards, according to a news release.

The Tampa, Fla.-based IFCO has formed a partnership with Elmwood Park, N.J.-based Sealed Air, a cleaning and hygiene products provider.

Sealed Air, an international provider of food safety and security, facilities hygiene and protection products and services, supplies detergents and disinfectants IFCO, a part of Sydney, Australia-based Brambles Ltd., uses to clean its RPCs, according to the release.

Sealed Air also monitors IFCO’s cleaning process throughout the work, a development which marks IFCO’s latest effort to implement a rigorous food safety program, according to the release.

Because standards and risks often change, IFCO monitors industry food safety changes to ensure best use of available cleaning and quality control processes, materials and technology, according to the release.

The company has established best practices for its 48 service centers in 19 countries, according to the release.

Those best practices include:

  • Maintenance of critical wash process parameter data with pallet level traceability;
  • Use of Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point systems;
  • Third party auditing;
  • Retailer and producer handling best practices; and
  • Product withdrawal and recall procedures.

With more than 200 million RPCs in circulation, IFCO folds, collects and ships RPCs back to its service facilities for sanitization and prepared for additional retailer use for transport of fresh foods, according to the release.

Corrected: This article originally misstated IFCO’s ownership.