Food packaging: Pouch without the ouch
Flexible packaging provider Performance Packaging of Nevada has reintroduced the PouchPop reusable topper used on food pouches for infants. First made commercially available in August 2014, shortly thereafter, two units were found with material fractured at the curve just above the base. No injuries were reported, but a voluntary product removal immediately began.
Performance Packaging worked with a third-party engineering service to improve the product and secured a new supplier for the injection molding, which produces the topper in an ISO Class 5 clean room. Following extensive testing and analysis, the improved topper is now available. It prevents a feeding infant from coming into contact with a pouch’s hard plastic or foil edges, threads, straws and seals.
The PouchPop top securely screws on and off to prevent slippage during self-feeding. It has a reusable, universal fit that works with any food pouch designed for babies, is comprised of BPA-free silicone and is dishwasher safe. Additionally, the topper is pediatric dentist recommended.
“We are so thankful to have the opportunity to improve the PouchPop topper, which protects a child’s delicate mouth from the numerous ‘ouch points’ on a food pouch,” says Rob Reinders, president of Performance Packaging of Nevada. “We really believe the design provides a smooth transition from bottle feeding to solid foods.”