After a food product is processed, food packaging ensures that food reaches the consumer in peak condition.
Packaging preserves the integrity, safety and quality of food products in transport, wholesale warehouses, and retail stores and in the home. It helps maximise the shelf life of the product while carrying important information on the label.
Besides, bar codes on packaging containing the date and the location of manufacture enables processors, transporters and retailers to keep track of products for both inventory control and identification of potential hazards.
Source: The European Food Information Council (www.eufic.org)