Moorim’s pulp mold receives industry’s first ever certification for food safety management systems
▲ The pulp mold products manufactured by Moorim P&P has received the FSSC 22000 certification, a first of its kind in the industry in Korea, and has been recognized for its safety. As the global trend continues in replacing plastic packaging materials with environment-friendly alternatives such as paper or pulp molds, the pulp molds made by Moorim P&P, a company specializing in the production of pulp, paper manufacturing and new materials, have been gaining attention with its certification for FSSC 22000 for food safety management system of global standards. Pulp molds have become more widely available as packaging materials used for the delivery of baked goods or bento boxes. As they come into direct contact with food, its safety has always been considered of utmost importance. Moorim P&P’s pulp molds made of 100% Korean natural pulp have been certified for FSSC 22000, proving that they pose no risk of endocrine-disrupting hormones while offering hygiene and safety. Moorim P&P is the only company in Korea that produces pulp molds to have received this certification. FSSC 22000 is a certification given based on international standards of ‘management liability’, ‘resource management’, ‘product safety’ and over 30 other items related to safety. The certification is recognized in over 150 countries worldwide, with well-known companies such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Nestle abiding by the certification rules. Moorim P&P, the only Korean company to produce pulp in the country, announced its foray into the pulp mold market last year. Since then, it has been drawing attention with its outstanding progress. The company uses slurry-type pulp, as opposed to dried pulp directly in its production facilities to improve hygiene, durability and strength, as well as secure competitiveness. Drawing on its years of experience in handling pulp, Moorim also acquired the certification for ‘OK Compost HOME’ for biodegradability from TUV Austria, a prestigious and well-known certifying body in Europe, even before it won the certification for FSSC 22000. Moorim’s pulp molds, once used, naturally disintegrate after a certain time and can be used as fertilizer. The products have also passed the tests of U.S. FDA and the European BfR, showing that its safety when used for food meets international standards. Moorim P&P plans to launch in earnest pulp mold products with perfect biodegradability and food safety during the second half of this year, by applying its proprietary technology and natural ingredients. Pulp molds are produced in various shapes by applying heat and pressure to pulp, an ingredient for paper. Not only are they convenient, but also environment-friendly and therefore can be used as packaging or filler materials by a wide range of businesses including those that handle skincare, drugs or home electronics.