Tested by the CSIRO

Biofiba® extruded planks and fabricated Biopallets® have been tested by The Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia to the following standards.

CSIRO Testing

  • Biofiba® technical performance in accordance with:
    ASTM D790-03 – Standard Test Method for Flexural Properties of Reinforced and Unreinforced Plastics.
  • Biofiba® tested in accordance with:
    ISO14855 AS4736-2006 – Plastic Materials – Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability and disintegration under controlled composting conditions – method by analysis and evolved carbon dioxide.
  • Biopallets® tested in accordance with:
    AS4068-1993 Flat Pallet for Materials handling

ISPM15 Exemption

Wooden pallets and their constituent materials are dealt with in the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, publication number 15 (ISPM15), which is the Regulation of Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in international trade.

The regulations are in place to help prevent the worldwide spread of plant pests and diseases by using specially treated WPM and applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material.

As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the UN.

The majority of governments worldwide participate in the enforcement of the measures required in ISPM15.

  • Biopallets® are fully exempt from ISPM15 under clause 2.1
    Biofiba®  from which Biopallets® are made is a product which has been created by heat, pressure and manufactured using an extrusion process that renders the product inert, moisture resistant and free of pests, sawdust, wood shavings and wood wool.

Food & Drug Industry

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Pallets are subject to the requirements for transportation equipment in the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food regulation in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.906. Regarding the construction of equipment such as pallets, these provisions require that transportation equipment must be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be suitable and adequately cleanable for their intended use to prevent the food they transport from becoming unsafe during transportation operations. Because the intended use of the pallets does not involve direct contact with food, when used as intended, components of the pallets would not be reasonably expected to become a component of food. Therefore the components of these pallets do not require FDA approval under Section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, i.e., the food additive provisions, prior to their use as intended, for the transportation of food.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

HACCP Australia certifies Biofiba Biocomposite Extruded Planks as suitable pallet material for use in the food industry in dry environments within operations that are governed by a HACCP-based food safety program.

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