The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether hundreds of tons of goods being carried by the South Korean company will reach shelves.
While many users of FIBCs may request an "FDA Approved" bulk bag, it is important to note that such a product does not exist. The Food & Drug Administration does not issue any approvals or certifications of FIBCs or FIBC liners.
A lot of attention today is focused on the wrong criteria when buying a bag.
Most of the time we buy based on old specifications passed down over the years. Back then, the primary focus was based on fabric weight and the total weight filled per bag. The old adage was the heavier the weight of the fabric per square yard, the more the weight capacity that can be filled per bag.
Big bags are most commonly made of woven polypropylene, a polymer that, like other materials, is damaged by exposure to sunlight over time. This degradation process can ultimately cause the fabric to tear when exposed to strain and put both content and personnel at risk. Fortunately, through the use of UV stabilizers in the polymer and the proper handling of FIBCs, the risk of photochemical damage can be reduced to a minimum. It is, however, vital that FIBCsare covered or stored away from the sunlight during usage, transport and storage.
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The Safe Working Load must be printed on every FIBC. The Safe Working Load or SWL indicates the maximum weight a particular FIBC is rated to hold in order to pass the minimum U.S. safety standard factor of 5:1.
The U.S. Safety Standard for an FIBC, in accordance to ISO 21898, is 5:1. This means that the bag must pass normal handling and jarring up to five times the Safe Working Load designed for a particular FIBC or Bulk Bag.