Choosing The Right Heavy-Duty Containers For Commercial Food Storage


Properly storing edible items is a major concern of any food-based business, whether that's a restaurant, a food processing plant or a warehouse. When food is stored properly, it prevents food-borne illnesses and reduces spoilage and waste. 

In addition, food processing companies and warehouses must store all ingredients and food products in such a way that they will not become contaminated, according to federal statutory law

Using the right plastic food storage containers is vital to ensuring that federal law is followed and that food is kept from contamination in any type of manufacturing or processing environment.

Here are features to look for in a heavy-duty plastic storage container that will be used in the food industry:

Easy to Clean

The best heavy-duty plastic storage containers for the food industry are extremely simple to clean. There are no ridges, lips or hidden areas where food can accumulate and spoil. All areas of the container can be washed out with a pressure washer and a bleach solution to keep them from accumulating filth.


In most cases, containers that can be stacked are ideal for areas where space is at a premium. The more materials that can be fit into a processing space or warehouse, the quicker the processing can be done. Anything that makes this more convenient, like easily stacked containers, is important.

Tight-Fitting Lids

To prevent contamination, a tight lid that keeps product inside the container and eliminates other items from getting in is vital. Contamination can come from:

  • Water or other liquids condensing or dripping in the warehouse environment
  • Any other food that is not part of the ingredients for processing, especially those that may contain allergens
  • Waste from insects or rodents that are drawn to food

Type of Plastic

Consumers of the end products are more concerned about the types of chemicals that can leak into their foods through some types of plastics. Storage containers can be made of three main types of plastic:

  • Polycarbonate. Clear plastic that withstands a range in temperature and resists acids and oils. Some types contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is easily absorbed into the human body. Researchers are still working out what health risks may be associated with increased BPA exposure.
  • Polypropylene. Translucent plastic that is free of BPA and well-suited to cold temperatures.
  • Polyethylene. White plastic that doesn't contain BPA and is stain and chemical resistant. 

Because many consumers prefer products that don't contain BPA, this may influence the type of plastic container you use.

Proper Certifications

Storage containers can be certified for commercial food use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any items used in packaging food for consumers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also approves storage containers used for keeping meats and produce. Look for a seal or mark on the packaging or on the container itself to know if the plastic containers you are considering for use are the best available.

You may find that the ideal container is certified by both organizations. A USDA inspection official or health department inspector can advise on what is required for your area, type of food, and processing requirements. For more information, seek information from commercial storage professionals like Quantum Storage and others in your local area.


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