Primary Packaging: It is the container aimed at containing a product and which is contact with it.
Secondary Packaging: It is the container used to contain primary packaging.
Packaging Materials: They are all the materials, procedures and methods used to condition, present, handle, store, preserve and transport goods.
Eggs shall comply with the applicable standards, laws and regulations –which define the criteria for quality, weight, freshness, packaging and labeling– to be marketed and exported/imported.
Eggs are packaged after they have been classified and graded. External packaging materials of eggs shall be new, shock-resistant, dry, clean and in good condition. Usually, these materials protect eggs from off-odors and of possible quality alterations –moderate pulp, cardboard or polyethylene.
Eggs should be sold to consumers during the 21 days after it was laid, even though they can be consumed until the best-by date on the package, which is by the 28th day after they were laid.
a) Bulk and Wholesale.
Eggs intended to be sold bulk or wholesale are placed in polyethylene, cardboard or molded pulp cartons, boxes or trays where they can be transported without moving. Eggs are commonly contained in packages of 24 or 30 pieces according to t label is placed on the outside he supplier. These are in turn packaged in cardboard boxes which protect against shocks. Boxes are sealed, adhesive tape is used and a fully identifying information label is placed on the outside. Box resistance should be capable of withstanding the stacking height without deformations.
b) End-consumer and Retail.
Eggs intended for retail are placed in plastic or cardboard cartons, boxes or trays that can hold eggs without movement. Eggs are commonly contained in packages of 6, 12 or 18 pieces according to the suppliers. They are also packaged in cardboard boxes which protect against shocks.
Egg products should be packaged in containers made with safe and resistant materials for the different process steps, so that they do not react with the product or alter its physical, chemical, sensory and microbiological characteristics.
External packaging materials should be new, resistant offering appropriate protection for packages to prevent their external deterioration, as well as facilitating handling, storage and distribution.
Egg products shall be transported and stored in optimum conditions for preservation and safety in the entire logistics chain, from its point of origin to its final destination. Therefore, physical presentation, arrangement, packaging, external packaging and materials used are of utmost importance to prevent issues when entering into Mexico.
Eggs or egg products shall be transported at the right temperature according to the type of goods and their presentation (dried, fresh-refrigerated or frozen). For this reason, it is key to have compact, quality packaging materials which offer maximum strength under humid conditions.
Usually, cardboard packaging materials are most commonly used for this type of goods, keeping in mind that it is 100% recyclable.
High resistance to humidity makes compact cardboard to be suitable for storage and transportation of goods under refrigeration or freezing.
Production and marketing of egg derivatives has made progress recently due to the evolution of the food industry which increasingly demands raw materials and ingredients meeting its needs.
Manufacturing, marketing and use of egg products meets community regulations on food hygiene, product quality, labeling and destination.
Once the package is open, they shall be used immediately and never be left at room temperature.
a) Bulk and Wholesale.
Egg products sold bulk or for wholesale (dried or dehydrated eggs) are placed in plastic bags contained in cardboard boxes or in bags protecting them against shocks, jerks or tipping over. Cardboard boxes are sealed, adhesive tape is used and a fully identifying information label is placed on the outside. Box resistance should be capable of withstanding the stacking height without deformations. On the other hand, bags are closed and the label is placed on the outside with fully identifying information. Stable (dehydrated or dried) products can be kept at room temperature.
b) End-Consumer and Retail
Egg (dried or dehydrated) products aimed at retail or end-consumers are placed in food-grade bags or plastic cans contained in cardboard boxes protecting against shocks, jerks or tipping over. Stable (dehydrated or dried) products can be kept at room temperature.
c) Bulk and Wholesale
Egg products to be sold in bulk or for wholesale (liquid frozen eggs) are placed in plastic bags contained in cardboard boxes or in plastic cans of approximately 14 kgs. (30.8 lbs.) protecting from shocks, jerks or tipping over. Boxes are sealed, adhesive tape is used and a fully identifying information label is placed on the outside. Box resistance should be capable of withstanding the stacking height without deformations. On the other hand, plastic cans are closed and the label is placed on the outside with fully identifying information. Storage temperature of this product shall be kept between 0-4 °C (32-39 °F).