The Primary Purpose of Packaging is to Protect
While food packaging has many functions - contain, store, preserve, transport, and display - its primary purpose is to protect our health; to safeguard us from food poisoning. With 13 million cases of food poisoning in Canada a year, this task is important.
Because plastic food wraps and containers are impermeable, they are uniquely suited to the task of preventing external contamination of food, preventing leakage, and minimizing the spread of disease from handling. Transparent packaging also allows people to look at food without having to touch it, cutting down on bruising, crushing and cross contamination. The added security of tamper-evident food packaging with devices like plastic shrink bands is a growing trend to protect consumers.