The safety of food is vital to all consumers. Regulations governing the actual food products and packaging materials are well established and enforced. However, it was only in the recent years that any regulations relating to Specialty Carbon Black used for food packaging were issued. In the past the printing ink market has shown a very high growth rate for printed products for convenience foods and especially for flexible packaging. Increased customer demand to display more information on the packaging (e.g. best before dates, nutrition information etc.) consequently lead to higher ink consumption.
As some ink components, especially from earlier stage developments, are not suitable for food packaging, as these require special safety regulations to protect consumer`s health. Therefore, it is necessary to further improve printing inks for food packaging and find alternatives that are suitable and comply with European and International standards. European regulations primarily apply to toluene and cyclohexane extractables as well as Benzo(a)pyrene content.
We at Orion Engineered Carbons supply several products recommended for food packaging, which are suitable for indirect food contact. Our products fulfill the requirements of European regulations.