Faq

Why ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films must be kept out of the reach of children?

This is not new: children are unpredictable! During an innocent play they might end up being wrapped by the film. To avoid any accident, and especially suffocation, the ideal is to place films out of the reach of children

Once they have been packaged to last longer, is it necessary to keep foods in a fridge?

Well, it depends on the food. Some of them may be kept outside a fridge, away from extreme humidity and temperature conditions (which facilitate the proliferation of microorganisms), and others may not. For example: if you have wrapped an apple you shouldn’t leave it exposed to sunlight, because it might rotten much faster.

For foods to last longer, should they be packaged individually or in groups?

For greater protection, the ideal is that foods are packaged individually. If packaged in groups, oxygen will inevitably be stuck between them, and that will accelerate their deterioration process.

How long ALPFILM PVC Cling Film’s antibacterial action might last?

We have god news: it lasts for an indeterminate period of time. Once the film has been shielded for antibacterial action, at the start of the manufacturing process, it remains strong and active during the entire period of transportation to sales points and also while it is used in your home or establishment.

Does its antibacterial action protect food against microorganisms responsible for disease transmission? Which microorganisms are these and what are the possible symptoms of such diseases?

There are two bacteria that may enter the human body through contaminated food: E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus (or Staph aureus). Both may cause diseases, such as cholera and food poisoning, in addition to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. So, you’d better use ALPFILM PROTECT and keep yourself and your family or clients free from any disease!

What is ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films’ differential in relation to the remaining products available in the market?

ALPFILM’S films provide as their main differentials:

  • 100% conformity with Anvisa’s and the European Community’s norms for packaging in contact with food.
  • Antibacterial action that eliminates up to 99.96% of the germs and microorganisms responsible for diseases acquired through food contamination.
  • They provide excellent catch and elasticity properties, and the roll is easy to use.
  • Rail cutting system, with 100% Brazilian technology developed by Alpes.

Do ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films mandatorily need to hold a health registration before ANVISA?

Health registration is not mandatory. According to Anvisa’s Resolution 27/2010, products listed under code 4200071 (“Packaging” category), which applies to ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films, are not required to hold any health registration before ANVISA. The packaging must comply with the ANVISA’S safety norms related to contact with food.

Are ALPFILM’S PVC films safe to human health?

ALPFILM’S PVC films are 100% compliant with the safety and quality norms set by ANVISA and the European directives for PVC Cling Films used in contact with all kinds of foods (meats, fish, chicken, cheese, vegetables, grains and fruits).

Can I use ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films in conventional ovens?

For your safety, never place the product in an oven. No PVC Cling Film may be used in conventional ovens. Although PVC is harmless, the film might melt and pose a risk to your health. So, do not even think about it!

And what about the ALPFILM PROTECT Zip-type bag? Can I use it in microwave ovens and in a fridge/freezer?

There isn’t any problem to use the Alpfilm Protect Zip-type bags in a fridge or freezer. The logic here is the same as for the PVC Cling Films. However, the bags cannot be used in microwave ovens under any circumstance.

Can I use ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films in a fridge/freezer?

ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films are ideal to separate small food portions, such as meats, fish, chicken, tarts and cakes, before they are frozen in glass bowls and plastic containers. ALPFILM keeps foods individually separated so they can be more easily defrosted. Just remember that the film’s “catch” is compromised after it has been taken from the freezer.

Can I use ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films in microwave ovens?

Yes, you can. However, like all cling Films, it is advisable that it is not in direct contact with food. Cling Films act as “lids” to cover and protect foods. For that reason and in order to achieve better results, here is a tip: drill a hole in the film after covering the food or also leave an edge slightly open so that hot steam can scape, thus avoiding the risk of burns when withdrawing the film after the food has been heated.

What is the delivery term for the products acquired at ALPFILM’S virtual store?

It will take up to five working days until a purchase leaves the store and is shipped at a Post Office. It is important to stress that ALPFILM is not responsible for the shipment terms offered by the Postal Service.

In which other establishments or situations ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films have been used?

Did you know that ALPFILM’S PVC Cling Films have for a long time been used outside kitchens? Today you’ll find them in doctor’s offices, beauty clinics and tattoo studios, not only due to the size of the rolls, but especially due to their antibacterial action.

Alpfilm Clinic, for example, has been launched with a differentiated proposal: it is the first plastic film to be tested and approved for dermatological purposes in Brazil. It means that professionals can use it on the skin of their clients without any concern, since Alpfilm Clinic is hypoallergenic and offers maximum safety.

In which circumstances ALPFILM PVC Cling Film’s performance might be compromised?

In order to achieve maximum performance from ALPFILM PROTECT, avoid handling the product using your hands or on poorly sanitized surfaces. Foods packaged by poorly washed hands on a dirty sink, even when they have been packaged using ALPFILM PROTECT, tend to last less than foods packaged under adequate sanitation conditions.

Is there any difference in terms of quality between professional and domestic PVC films?

It is important to know that in terms of quality and employed raw materials, there isn’t any. There is a difference related to thickness. The professional film is dimensioned for more demanding uses.

In which situations should I avoid using PVC Cling Films?

  • In contact with any kind of food in conventional ovens, cooking pans, pots and frying pans at high temperatures, since the film might melt and pose a risk to your health.
  • In microwave ovens, in direct contact with foods, to unfreeze, heat or reheat them. There must always be a space between the film and the food.
  • For contact with meats, cheese and some kinds of dough (croissants, cakes and buttered biscuits), check if the film complies with the certifications required by the competent health entities, such as ANVISA (in Brazil) and the European Community.

Can I store PVC Cling Films anywhere?

Since they are permeable, PVC films should not be stored near chemical products, cleaning materials, insecticides and similar products, because it may alter the smell (odor) and modify the film’s insipid properties (no flavor). Thus, storing your film in a safe location will ensure more protection to you, your clients and/or family members.

What is the difference between the PVC and PE cling Films?

This is a very important issue! In order to make it very clear to you, PVC is the choice of most professionals and establishments that handle food packaging, because these films are 95% adequate for use with any kind of food product. In addition to that, they have higher adhesion properties than PE films.

Therefore, the PE films developed by ALPFILM are recommended for more industrial uses, such as palletization, in packaging for beverages in general, and rolls of produce bags for bulk foods (in the case of street fairs and supermarkets).

In the case of the Alpfilm Protect Zip-type bag, it belongs to line of PE films and also serves to store bulk foods, with the difference that it can increase the shelf life of foodstuffs, similarly to PVC Alpfilm Protect.

What is the difference between the ALPFILM PROTECT Zip-type bag and the other Zip-type bags available in the market?

The answer is very simple: the Alpfilm Protect Zip-type bag is the only product of its kind available in the market to offer bactericidal protection! This differential makes it an innovative product, since it is able to eliminate 99.96% of germs and microorganisms responsible for diseases acquired through food contamination.

Are all PVC Cling Films similar?

No, they aren’t. There are very important differences to be taken into consideration. Among them, the most relevant are:

  • Stretchable PVC films for contact with all kinds of foods (including fatty ones, such as meats and cheese) need to be in conformity with the legislative norms set by ANVISA (The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, in RDC nº 17, of 2008, and RDC nº 105/99‏) and, ideally, also with the European directives (European Directive 2002/72/EC). ALPFILM’S PVC films are in conformity with Brazilian and international norms.
  • So, be aware of imported and “very cheap” products available in the market so as not to place your and your family’s health under risk. Plasticizers, which are the products that provide flexibility to a film, MUST be in Anvisa’s list and in most cases they cost more than unapproved plasticizers.

Why can’t I use refills in the 50- and 100-meter domestic rail enclosures?

Refills are not recommended here, because shorter domestic rail enclosures are more sensitive to handling conditions and have been designed to be disposed after the film has ended.

Can I buy refills for use in the rail enclosures?

Yes, you can, but only for the 28-cm, 38-cm or 45-cm long semiprofessional enclosures. In such cases, you should buy a cling Film (refill) corresponding to the size of your rail enclosure. Thus, you may reutilize them after the end of the useful life of the first roll (which comes with the enclosure).

Is it possible to reutilize a 300-meter rail enclosure?

Yes, provided it is one of the 28-cm, 38-cm or 45-cm long semiprofessional enclosures. The domestic rail enclosures, with a shorter length (50- and 100-meter), are more sensitive to handling conditions and have been designed for single use.

Is it possible to recycle the rail enclosures?

Yes, it is. ALPFILM is concerned with the environment, and that’s why our enclosures are made of 100% recyclable materials.

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