Migration: Ensure safety with quality ink on food labels and pouches

Posted in Digital Label Manufacturer by Ali Wileman on 16:10 April 26th, 2017
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Finding a reliable label printer who uses approved food grade ink for direct contact onto edible products can be a challenge. Ink / toner regulations are constantly being revised and if you are supplying end users with a food product, then read on, as this blog will help you to stay at the forefront of the changing rules, which are all designed to protect the customer.

What is ink migration?
Food packaging can contain chemicals in the inks and other materials that can then contaminate food. This contamination into food is called migration. Migration issues with primary packaging on food is a growing concern and that’s why the legislation keeps changing.
New Food Magazine reported recently that food-safe inks will grow at a fast rate in the coming years, as pressure from brand owners and regulators sees them adopted in larger amounts of food packaging, and that this is according to Smithers Pira. Consumption preferences of food is changing, for example if a food product packaging is handled repetitively as the customer is eating it, this can increase the potential of migration.

Xeikon Toner is Compliant...

It’s important to know that the toner (ink) your printer is using will be safe. At CS Labels we use Xeikon digital label presses and the Xeikon toner on our stand up pouches and digital labels and these toners are FDA approved for specific indirect and direct food contact applications. All Xeikon toners developed for label and packaging applications (FA, QA-I, ICE and Cheetah) are food-approved. Furthermore Xeikon (and their parent company Flint Group) have signed the EuPIA Compliance Commitments document related to the manufacture and supply of food packaging inks, and they have a department of professionals that are dedicated to the principle of protecting consumer food safety.

We are safe in the knowledge that the technology we use is compliant with the most stringent of rules and that if we need any advice from the manufacturer of the ink it’s always provided in a timely and accurate manner. For example we do know that other digitally printed labels that are affixed directly to food products (we use dry toner, not liquid ink/toner), use chemicals within the inks that can lead to migration. Our inks do not contain any kerosene. Our processes, supported by BRC criteria, offer you full traceability even up to the batch of toner used in your labels or pouches. We work on a customer-by-customer basis and analyse each client solution and technical application as well as the label or pouch design and the substrate making up the food packaging and if it needs further testing we work with professional testing bodies.

At CS Labels we are proud to be migration compliant for labels and pouches.  All of our products are thoroughly checked and we are also BRC accredited at the high risk level for packaging.  If you have any questions on this important issue, feel free to give us a call and have a friendly chat.  We won’t baffle you with technology, but we will help you to feel confident that your custom labels or stand-up pouches are of the highest quality when it comes to consumer food safety.