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Epson inks comply with Food Contact Materials regulations

Epson inks comply with Food Contact Materials regulations
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Manufacturers in the food packing segment employ the highest levels of manufacturing control to protect the consumer.

Food packaging is subject to legislation and regulation, which applies to all materials intended to come into contact with packaged food including the label, collectively known as Food Contact Materials (FCMs).

It is the responsibility of all suppliers in the food packaging chain to ensure that appropriate materials are chosen for each package they produce. Epson SurePress and ColorWorks inks are compliant with EU Framework Regulation ((EC) No. 1935/2004), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ((EC) No. 2023/2006), Plastics Implementation Measure (PIM) ((EU) 10/2011) and are included in Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks.

Printing inks for food contact materials

Inks used in labels for FCMs should be formulated to meet the migration limits required for food packaging applications. Migration limits to prevent contamination are set out in GMP recommendations and these evaluations are carried out by a certified laboratory. The term ‘low migration ink’ is no longer used by the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA). Instead, EuPIA uses the term ‘printing inks for food contact materials’, but both terms refer to ink applied to the non-food contact surface of food packaging. All Epson SurePress and ColorWorks inks are EuPIA GMP compliant.

Indirect food contact

In compliance with EU Regulation Framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Epson SurePress and
ColorWorks inks are not intended for direct food contact applications and should be applied to labels on the non-contact surface of food packaging materials and articles, acting as a functional barrier.



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