The following suppliers have all passed the ISO
As one of the original members of the Packaging Task Force, Premier Foods felt it imperative to put one of our most popular single-portioned product ranges (Ambrosia Rice Pots & Ambrosia Custard Pots) through the ISO17480 testing process as we wanted to ensure not only did the packaging format meet the ISO guidelines, but to demonstrate we are committed to this really important initiative; designed to ensure that hospital patients and care home residents can actually open and enjoy their food; notwithstanding the obvious benefits to combat malnutrition and to encourage nutrition and hydration.
Our packaging formats were tested quickly and efficiently bu Sheffield Hallam University. We were give regular updates and feedback at the end of the testing process. I am delighted that Ambrosia Pots were given a PASS rating which we are absolutely delighted about and are now closely working with NHS Supply Chain to ensure onward communication both through the Hospital Caterers Association; the National Association of Care Caterers and other networks.
The Good Food Chain
The Good Food Chain are very pleased to have been involved with this group from the start, it was therefore a must for us to be one of the first products tested. Sheffield Hallam University were very keen to test our packaging from the outset, due its difference to mainstream sandwich packaging.
We have always tried to make our products the most user friendly patient sandwiches on the market, and the addition of the ISO17480 testing has helped us to cement that position.
Team Juiceworks take patient feeding very seriously & were therefore delighted when given the opportunity to join the Packaging Forum which has helped us further understand the broader issues contributed to by inaccessible packaging.
For many years we have worked independently to measure & improve the ease of opening of our range of pre-portioned Juices, Jelly & Desserts. Despite the many other considerations we are challenged which may require packaging to be adapted to help support longer shelf life or improved to enable clearer graphics we always bear one thing in mind. We work hard to produce nutritious products for patients & therefore if they cannot open the packaging there is little point in doing what we do.
We are therefore delighted that our Juiceworks Juice Portions and DZERT Jelly & Desserts pass the ISO-17480 standard. We recognise that as the standard improves so too must our packaging so we will continue to work with our supplier partners to ensure we drive improvement.
The ISO testing was conducted by Sheffield Hallamshire University who are keen to promote the huge benefits of working towards this standard.
NHSSC the HCA are also working hard to raise awareness for caterers by highlighted the availability of compliant products.