Responses to the most frequently asked questions about ALPFILM PVC stretch film

Can the cutter box be recycled?
Yes it can. ALPFILM is an environmentally-friendly company, which is why our boxes are made of 100% recyclable material.

Can the cutter box be reused with 300 meter rolls?
Yes, as long as it is one of the semiprofessional 28cm, 38cm or 45cm boxes. The household cutter boxes, in smaller lengths (50 and 100 meters), are more sensitive to handling and were designed to be used only once.

Can I buy refills to use in the cutter boxes?
Yes, except for the semiprofessional boxes in the 28cm, 38cm or 45cm sizes. In this case, you will only be able to buy the stretch film refill that fits the size of your cutter box. Thus, you can reuse it one more time after the first roll (that comes in the box) is depleted.

Why can’t I use refills in the household 50 and 100 meter cutter boxes?
The use of refills is not recommended here because the household cutter boxes are more sensitive to handling and were designed to be discarded after the film has been used.

What is the difference between PVC and PE stretch films?
This is a very important question. For simple understanding, PVC is the choice of most professionals and establishments that deal with food wrapping because these films are 95% adequate for use on any type of food, in addition to having greater properties of adherence than PE films. Thus, the PE films developed by ALPFILM are recommended for more industrial uses, like palletizing, packaging for beverages in general and, at street fairs and supermarkets, in rolls of small perforated bags for bulk foods.

Are all PVC stretch films alike?
No they aren’t There are very important differences to be considered. Among these, the most relevant differences are:
• PVC stretch films in contact with all types of foods (including fatty foods, like meat and cheese), need to comply with ANVISA legislative regulations (RDC 17 of 20089‏ and 105/99) and, ideally, with European Directives 2002/72/EC as well. ALPFILM PVC films are made in compliance with Brazilian, as well as International Standards.

• Therefore, be aware of the “cheap”, imported products, available on the market, to keep from putting your and your family’s health at risk, since the plasticizers, which are the products giving flexibility to the film, MUST be on the Anvisa list and, most of the time, these cost more than plasticizers that are not approved.

Can I store PVC films wherever I want to?
By being permeable, PVC films should not be stored close to chemical products, cleaning materials, insecticides, and similar products, because this may alter the smell (odor) and modify the insipidity (tasteless properties) of the film. A safe place for your film immediately ensures more safety for you and your clients or family members.

In what situations should I avoid using PVC stretch films?
• In contact with any type of food in conventional ovens, pans, pots and frying pans at high temperature, since the film could melt and place your health at risk.

• In microwave ovens, in direct contact with foods on defrosting, heating or reheating foods. There must always be space between the film and the food.

• For contact with meat, cheese, certain types of pastry (croissants, cakes and buttery cookies) verify if the film is certified by the competent health authorities, like ANVISA (in Brazil) and those of the European Community.

Is there any difference between the quality of the professional and household PVC film?
It is important for you to know that there is no difference in terms of quality and raw material. The difference in is the thickness. The professional film is dimensioned for more heavy-duty use.

In what circumstances can the performance of ALPFILM PVC stretch film be compromised?
To achieve maximum performance from ALPFILM PROTECT, avoid contact with poorly sanitized hands and surfaces. Food packaged by a poorly washed hand in a dirty sink, tends, even when wrapped with ALPFILM PROTECT, to last less time than a totally clean process.

In what other establishments or situations are ALFILM PVC stretch films encountered?
Did you know that ALPFILM PVC stretch films have been used outside the kitchen for some time? Today you can find our films at doctor’s offices, beauty centers and tattoo studios, not only for the size of the roll, but , mainly, for the antibacterial action.

What is the delivery period for products acquired at the ALPFILM virtual store?
The products are shipped from the store to the Postal Service within five business days. It is important to remember that ALPFILM has no control over Postal Service delivery schedules.

Can I use ALPFILM stretch PVC films in microwave ovens?
Yes, you can. However, like all stretch films, is is advisable to keep the film from coming in direct contact with the food. Stretch films serve as “lids” to cover and protect foods. Therefore, and to get better results, follow this tip: make a hole in the film after covering the food or then leave a corner raised for the hot steam to escape, to avoid the risk of burns on removing the film after the food has been heated.

Can I use ALPFILM stretch PVC films in the deep freeze/freezer?
ALPFILM PVC films are ideal for separating small portions of food like meat, fish, chicken, pie, cake and etc., before being frozen in glass bowls and plastic containers. It is the best solution in keeping foods separated for easier defrosting. Just remember the “stickiness” of the film is compromised on coming out of the freezer.

Can I use ALPFILM stretch PVC films in conventional ovens?
For your safety, avoid placing the product in the oven. PVC stretch films may not be used in conventional ovens. Although the PVC itself is harmless, the film may melt and put your health in risk. So, don’t think about it!

Are ALPFILM PVC safe to your health?
ALPFILM PVC films fully comply with ANVISA safety and quality standards and with European Directives for PVC stretch films that come into contact with all types of foods (meat, fish, chicken, cheese, vegetables, grains and fruits).

Are ALPFILM PVC stretch films required to carry ANVISA health registration?
The health registration is not required. Pursuant to Anvisa Resolution 27/2010, code 4200071, “Packaging”category products, which includes ALPFILM PVC stretch films, are not required to carry ANVISA health registration. Packaging must follow the ANVISA safety rules on coming into contact with foods.

What is the difference in ALPFILM PVC stretch films in relation to all the others on the market?
The main differentials of ALPFILM films are:
• 100% compliance with Anvisa and European standards for food grade plastic packaging.

• Antibacterial action that eliminates as much as 99.96%, and more than 90%, of the germs and micro-organisms that cause illnesses acquired by food contamination.

• Excellent contact, elasticity and easy roll release.

• Cutting track system, based 100% on Brazilian technology developed by Alpes.

The antibacterial action protects foods from micro-organisms that may cause illnesses. What are these micro-organisms and the possible symptoms of these illnesses?
There are two types of bacteria that may enter the human body through contaminated foods: E. Coli (Escherichia coli) and Staff infection (Staphylococcus Aureus). Both can cause illnesses like cholera, food poisoning and symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. So, it’s best to use ALPFILM PROTECT to keep you and your family safely away from these illnesses!

How long does the ALPFILM PVC stretch film antibacterial action last?
The news is good: it lasts indeterminably. Once the film is bonded, in the beginning of the manufacturing process, with the antibacterial action, it remains strong and active, on going through shipping and points of sale, until it arrives at your establishment or your home.

In order for foods to last longer, should they be packaged individually or can they be packaged together?
For greater protection, it is ideal for foods to be packaged individually. Together, oxygen will inevitably remain stuck in between them, which will accelerate the process of deterioration.

To last longer, do they need to go into the refrigerator once they are packaged?
Then that depends on the food type. Some may remain outside the refrigerator, naturally far from extreme conditions of humidity and temperature (which facilitates the spreading of micro-organisms) and others may not. For example: Even if you package an apple, you cannot expose it to sunlight, which will cause it to go bad much faster.

Why must ALPFILM PVC stretch films be kept away from children?
It is nothing new, but children are unpredictable! In simple child's play, they could end up wrapping themselves in the film. Mainly, to avoid suffocation, it is ideal to kept the film away from them.

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