Safer inks for food packaging
Food packaging has to fulfil a range of functions: it is designed to catch the eye with its beautiful presentation of the product, to encourage consumers to make a purchase, and – above all – to protect its contents. Food contact materials (FCMs) come into direct or indirect contact with foodstuffs during manufacturing, packaging or use. To ensure food safety and ultimately human health, FCMs must meet extremely strict statutory requirements. These include minimising migration (transfer) of substances in the material to the packaged foodstuff. FCMs must not transfer any components in quantities that could be hazardous to human health, change the composition of the contents, or impact their organoleptic properties.
We drink out of plastic bottles, eat with plastic cutlery, and buy food in plastic packaging. This is not just an ecological issue – to what extent are we consuming potentially harmful substances? Printing food packaging plays a key role in this context. Marabu now offers consumers peace of mind, with the market’s first proven low-migration UV screen printing ink for PE/PP plastics called Ultra Pack UVFP.