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 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 high growth rate for printed products for convenience foods, 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.
Many traditional ink components, especially from earlier stage developments, are not approved for food packaging. 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.
Orion Engineered Carbons provides several products that are safe and approved for food packaging needs and meet the strictest regulations for health and safety.