Remember a few months ago, when the trade group for wood pallet makers charged that plastic pallets are a fire hazard? The war of words is continuing today, with a company that provides a pool of all-plastic pallets calling on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to "launch a comprehensive investigation of wood pallets and the risks they may pose to the nation's food supply." "Wood pallets may present a serious risk to America's food supply. The over 1 billion wood pallets in circulation in the U.S. are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and carry other undesirable substances that can cross-contaminate food," said Bob Moore, chairman and CEO, of Intelligent Global Pooling Systems Co. LLC in Orlando, Fla. "Wood is inherently porous and can easily absorb bacteria and fluids, creating a risk for food products where Listeria, E. coli and salmonella are a concern," he said. Moore pointed out other issues with wood pallets -- but nothing really new, since plastic pallet makers have been making this case against wood for years. One thing is clear -- there's some bad blood between the wood and plastic pallet sectors.
Plastic pallet makers fire back
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