Many of you know that FPI has a long standing Technical Committee. But, Iím guessing that most of you donít exactly know what the Technical Committee does, besides, well, technical things. So, what does that mean? And how does it affect the rest of the foodservice industry? FPIís Technical Committee is one of our most active committees. Why is that?
Well, for one, our fundamental reasons for promoting foodservice packaging are steeped in items of a technical nature. If you look at the FPI website, we explain very clearly why foodservice packaging is THE sensible solution. Of those reasons we list, almost all of them generate technical work. The most obvious of these is likely sanitation. The studies quoted from 2002 and 2012 were projects overseen by FPIís Technical Committee. FPI even has a Microbiological Testing Program, in which we partnered with Packaging Consultants International to help members build a sanitary profile.
Another reason for our active technical work? People have a lot of questions. Much of our technical work starts out with a question or two. Can we find a way to measure the rigidity of a plate? Is there a standard test method to qualify foodservice packaging products for use in a microwave? How do I know if I am complying with the rules and regulations for my packaging products? Our Technical Committee works to seek out the answers to questions just like these. And, our Technical Committee is also committed to continue answering these questions. This fall, we released our latest version of FPIís Compliance Manual, to offer up available resources for all of those rules and regulations. At our meeting in a few weeks, we will hold a working session, using our website statistics on downloads, to update our most valuable online technical resources. In fact, our upcoming agenda will include a number of things in addition to the working session, including a legislative and regulatory update, a materials safety update and a discussion around rigidity testing.
Volunteering to work on projects like these takes dedication, and believe me, our Technical Committee has that in spades! Many of our committee members have been active participants for years. That being said, we always welcome fresh blood. If you have an interest in things of a technical nature, come join us! The Technical Committee is set to meet on November 4 in St. Louis, the day prior to the start of FPIís Fall Conference. Send me an email and Iíll hook you up with the full Technical Committee agenda and meeting information.