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USA Made Pallets

USA Made Plastic Pallets

USA Made Pallets – Proudly Supplied by One Way Solutions

Nearly all pallets and products offered One Way Solutions are USA made. We ship worldwide from over 15 distribution locations across the USA. We also ship to major USA ports of embarkation.

Our website makes shopping our products as easy as possible, which is why we use a special identifying icon to assure our customers that our products are made in the USA!

Shop With Confidence

USA Made Pallets

To reassure our customers looking for USA made pallets, and allow them to shop with ease and confidence, our Plastic Pallet Experts use our website to call out our USA made pallets with a special icon.

Here is the icon – an image of our great American flag that reads, “MADE IN USA” underneath:

USA Made Pallets

Pallets Made In The USA

Online Pallet Category Pages

When shopping and browsing our products by category under the “Shop Plastic Pallets” or “Pallets by Industry” drop down bar on our homepage, you’ll see our Made In USA icon will be located in the upper right hand corner of each product’s listing, like this:

USA Made Pallets on Category Pages

USA Made Pallets on Category Pages

Pallet Product Pages

Once a specific product is selected, the Made In USA icon will also appear on the product page under the name of the product. This makes our USA made products easy to identify!

USA Made Pallets - Product Page

USA Made Pallets – Product Page

Plastic Protected by the USA

When our international pallet customers are ordering our products (from outside of the United States), they won’t have to worry about extended delivery periods, getting cross docked, or any potential delays.

All our pallets are export compliant. Since our pallets are mostly made of plastics and engineered materials, there is no reason to fret about an ISPM-15 stamps or certifications because these designations are only required for shipping wood products internationally!

You also won’t need to worry about unsafe dyes, materials, or hazards, because our products are made from virgin resin and recycled plastics. These materials are won’t collect moisture, bacteria, or mold, an ideal property for products shipped worldwide.

Our United States Pallet Distribution

We ship worldwide from distribution centers across the United States! In-stock pallets will ship next day, and arrive in 2-5 business days depending on your location. Not only that, we can also ship ocean containers to any major port globally!

Here is a list of some of the states that are home to our pallet distribution centers:

* California
* Indiana
* Iowa
* Michigan
* Missouri
* North Carolina
* Ohio
* Pennsylvania
* Texas
* Utah
* Wisconsin

Industries that we Cater to Worldwide

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USA Pallets Ship Worldwide – No Worries

Plastic pallets are popular in all industries. We supply plastic pallets and containers to a variety of industries, both domestically and worldwide. Some of these industries include:

* Pharmaceutical Pallets
* Food & Agricultural Pallets
* Can Pallets
* Beverage Pallets
* Ocean Freight Pallets
* Automotive Pallets
* Grocery & GMA Pallets
* Drum & Spill Pallets
* Air Freight Pallets
* Retail & Point Of Purchase Pallets
* Dairy Pallets
* Printing Industry Pallets
* Flexible Packing Roll Pallets

USA Plastic Regulations

Making our pallets and containers from quality plastics plastic helps easier and less cumbersome for both One Way Solutions and our customers.

Nonetheless, there are some rules to follow when producing plastic pallets in the United States. Some of the pallets we provide are compliant with special regulations mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These FDA Pallets allow our customers to safely and legally transport and store food and pharmaceutical products.

Using plastic also protects us and our customers from having to worry about certain regulations. One example of the protection that using plastic pallets provides, is the automatic exemption Export Pallet Regulations enforced by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for wooden pallets. As stated before, by using plastic, we also don’t have to worry about getting a certified ISPM-15 stamp or paperwork. Excellent!

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Approved Plastic Pallets

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Are you a customer ordering from outside of the USA? If so, tell us where from and share your experience!

We’d love to hear from you – please share thoughts in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Pallets without PBDEs, DecaBDEs? YES, SIR!

PBDEs? Not In Our Pallets

Pallets Without PBDEs

We’ve received many inquiries from material handling professionals in the Food, Drug, and Pharmaceutical businesses who would like to know if we carry pallets without PBDEs and Deca-BDEs.

40 x 48 Nestable Light Duty Plastic Pallet # PP-O-40-NL7

40 x 48 Nestable Light Duty Plastic Pallet # PP-O-40-NL7

Do Our Pallets Contain PBDEs or Deca-BDEs? No Way

None of the products sold by One Way Solutions LLC, including plastic pallets and plastic containers, contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs ) or deca-brominated diphenyl ethers (Deca-BDEs).

Need a copy of our PBDE-free statement certifying that we only sell containers and pallets without PBDEs?

Download it here: PBDEs+DecaPBDEs-Blanket-Statement

What are PBDEs and Deca-BDEs?

Molecular Structure of PBDEs

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and deca-brominated diphenyl ethers (Deca-BDEs) are brominated hydrocarbons with a molecular structure that includes between 2 and 10 bromine atoms.

Pallets without Deca-PBDEs Molecular Structure

Deca-PBDE Molecular Structure

Wait, why not 1 bromine atom? Because ‘poly’ means many (more than 1).

Deca-BDEs have 10 bromine atoms.

What are PBDE & DecaPBDEs used for?

Clue: You’re getting warmer…

PBDEs are used as Flame Retardants.

PBDEs Flame Retardant

Is using PBDEs as flame retardants worth the risk?

Also: What is an FDA pallet?

Are PBDE & DecaPBDEs harmful?

Yes, PBDEs and DecaPBDEs are believed to cause reproductive and neurological risks to living creatures and are known to impact hormonal levels in the thyroid.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are also toxic developing brains in utero.

Although not directly connected, liver cancer has been observed in mice exposed to higher levels of HBDPs.

Lower brominated PBDEs (less than 5 bromine atoms) are especially bad because they more easily bioaccumulate in living organisms.

Yes, PBDEs and DecaPBDEs are harmful and should be carefully avoided; it’s only logical that we refuse to sell pallets containing them.

We Hope That Helps!

We hoped you enjoyed learning about PBDEs and are product that they are completely absent from our plastic pallets and contains..

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know how other EPA & FDA regulations have created challenges to your operations.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic Plastic Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

What is an FDA Pallet

What is an FDA Pallet?

With food handling safety becoming an increasing concern, many of our food, beverage, and agricultural customers are requesting FDA plastic pallets.

Also: Was a Listeria outbreak caused by wood pallets?

A plastic FDA Pallet must be molded using virgin plastic resin and is most commonly blue in color.

FDA Pallet Regulations

FDA Pallet Regulations specify that pallets must made using basic component materials approved for single and repeated use food contact surfaces in compliance with the FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION – FDA standard as set forth in Title 21 CFR 117.1630.

Why Blue FDA Pallets?

We don’t know for sure – but here are some theories:

  • The blue color helps set the pallets apart in warehouse full of wood colored and black colored pallets.
  • The FDA logo is sometimes blue.
  • Blue is traditionally symbolic of purity (drinking water).

What we do know is that it’s exceedingly difficult to manufacture a recycled plastic pallet in any color other than black or a shade of grey. So Blue and other vibrant colors, are a mark of purity and provide a strong indication that virgin resin was used to produce a pallet.

Manufacturing FDA Pallets

The reason recycled plastic pallets are hard to produce in a blue color, is that recycled plastic raw materials are rarely separated by color; the stock materials are usually a mix of different colored plastic flakes resembling a bowl of Fruity Pebbles (or Flintstones vitamins – take your pick).

Recycled plastic pallet materials

Recycled plastic pallet materials

In most cases, if no plastic colorant is added, you’ll end up with a black or grey pallet. Most pallet molders add carbon black to even out the finish and provide a consistent color. For this reason, it’s a solid bet that any pallet color other than black was made using virgin resin.

Plastic Pallet Trivia

Ready for some trivia? Good! Now that you’re learning plastic pallet rules, you should know when to break them.

Pro Tip: There are Black FDA Pallets and Grey FDA Pallets!

Extra Pro Tip: FDA pallets are made in Beige, Black, Blue, Red, Green, Grey, and Yellow – colors to suit all all tastes.

Virgin Resin Benefits

Why do FDA Plastic Pallets require virgin resin materials? Because purity is the key.

Virgin plastic resin provides transparency and can be traced to its source. It is clean and free of any contaminants, a crucial requirement for the food, beverage, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.

In contrast, the source of recycled plastic materials is a unknown or untracked, coming from sources as such as consumer milk jugs, industrial crates, chemical containers, packaging materials and thousands of others post-consumer products – including retired plastic pallets themselves!

Blue FDA Pallet

Blue FDA Pallet

We Hope That Helps!

We hoped you enjoyed learning about FDA pallets.

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know how FDA pallets have helped you solve challenges for your business in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting An FDA Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic FDA Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act & Plastic Pallets

The FDA’s FSMA Ruling on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is final.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011.

On April 6, 2016 the FDA finalized its ruling on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.

This ruling establishes formal requirements for the sanitary transportation of food to eliminate, or at least reduce the incidence of, contamination.

This goal of this final ruling is top carry out further implementation of both the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 and the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

How does the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food ruling make our world a better place?

The rule aims to prevent transportation practices that increase or create food safety risks, such as:

  • improper food refrigeration
  • inadequate vehicle cleaning between loads
  • improper food protection

Who does the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food ruling cover?

The ruling applies to these U.S. and foreign entities* involved with rail or motor food transportation within the U.S.:

  • Shippers
  • Receivers
  • Loaders

*Exporters shipping food through the U.S. to other destinations are exempt as long as the food doesn’t enter U.S. distribution.

FSMA and “One Way Solutions” have you covered!

What does this mean to the average business engaged in the food industry? In part, safety inspections will be both increased in number and in depth. As you may have already guessed, this will most assuredly bring additional costs and complexity to compliance of this act.

One of the main components of the act deals with sanitation in the handling and shipping of food products. Traditionally, the food industry has been dominated by the use of wood pallets in both storage and shipping due to their lower initial cost of purchase. Unfortunately, using wood pallets to handle food has inherent disadvantages that can b that plastic pallets do not.

Here are some of the main points of the Food Safety Modernization Act:

SEC. 103. HAZARD ANALYSIS AND RISK-BASED PREVENTIVE CONTROLS

“The owner, operator, or agent in charge of a facility shall, in accordance with this section, evaluate the hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by such facility, identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent the occurrence of such hazards and provide assurances that such food is not adulterated under section 402 or misbranded under section 403(w).

SEC. 111. SANITARY TRANSPORTATION OF FOOD

“Food Transportation Study.–The Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, shall conduct a study of the transportation of food for consumption in the United States, including transportation by air, that includes an examination of the unique needs of rural and frontier areas with regard to the delivery of safe food.”

SEC. 303. AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE IMPORT CERTIFICATIONS FOR FOOD.

“With respect to an article of food, if importation of such food is subject to, but not compliant with, the requirement under subsection (q) that such food be accompanied by a certification or other assurance that the food meets applicable requirements of this Act, then such article shall be refused admission.”

While specific details are still hard to come by, in terms of the exact sanitary standards derived from the Food Safety Modernization Act, evidence can be found on how plastic pallets provide a clear advantage over wood pallets in complying with the act.

Wood Pallets have the uncanny ability to absorb pretty much every type of liquid or non-solid substance that is placed or spilled on them. While in other industries this may not seem like a big problem, absorbent wood pallets used within the food industry create a number of opportunities for food transported and stored on these pallets to become unsanitary and dangerous. This article on News-Medical.net describes a case of food poisoning caused by wood pallets.

FSMA Absorbent Wood Pallets Unfit for Food Handling

Photo by Shimla Hills, https://blog.shimlahills.com/

What is the compliance deadline date for the final FSMA Act Ruling?

Small Businesses

Small business (less than 500 employees and carriers with less than $27.5 million in annual revenue) get a break to ease the burden of compliance and have up to April 6, 2018 to meet compliance, two years after the April 6, 2016 Federal Register publication date.

Other Non-Exempt Businesses

All other non-exempt businesses must meet compliance standards as early as April 6 2017, one year from the the Federal Register April 6, 2016 publication date.

What should companies do about the new FSMA Act Ruling?

Obviously the new FSMA ruling takes a more solid stance on sanitary food transportation requirements to reduce the risk and incidence of food contamination due to improper material handling practices.

The FDA FSMA Food Safety Technical Assistance Network provides information to help businesses reach compliance.

For our pallet customers, we focus on the following advice:

Transportation equipment, such as pallets, must be adequately cleanable.

Luckily, there is a solution to this challenge. Plastic pallets are non-porous, and easily cleanable. Some of the plastic FDA pallets are even designed specifically with food safety in mind.

While this is a clear advantage over wood pallets, there additional reasons plastic pallets are a natural choice for handling and transporting food:

  • Plastic pallets come in a consistent format/shape/size that helps prevent any sharp edges or splinters that could otherwise cause food bags to rip or rupture and spill.
  • Metal nails are not a problem; custom molded plastic pallets don’t use them.
  • Finally, Plastic pallets are designed to be able to be cleaned/sanitized using extremely high water temperatures that help kill of bacteria, mold, viruses, and other pathogens.

Need A Second Opinion about Wood Pallets & Handling Food?

Here’s a positive Food Safety Magazine article that further details how plastic pallets are ideal for shipping and storing food: https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/index.cfm/signature-series/plastic-pallets-a-safe-play-for-food/

FSMA Broken Wood Pallets Unfit for Food Handling

Photo by Mdornseif – Creative Commons

Businesses, as a result, are switching to plastic pallets in record numbers as they try to meet these new requirements for food handling.

We’ve Got You Covered

To meet with the emergent demand from the Food industry, One Way Solutions, are leading the way in the sale of plastic pallets and FDA plastic pallets.

With 7+ FDA Pallets and containers to choose from, One Way Solutions has you covered.

To shop the full For more information about One Way Solutions and their plastic pallets, click on the following link: https://oneway-solutions.com

Looking For More Best Practices?

Check out our recent article on Listeria Bacteria & Plastic Pallets.

Thanks Palletizers! Please let me know what you think about plastic pallets, FSMA, or anything else on your mind.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

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