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Epson Printers Reach Milestones in Complying with Food Contact Material Regulations

Epson has announced that it has complied with the Food Contact Materials regulations required for inks used in printing food packages and in direct to food printers. The giant company in the printing industry said that it has made the ink used for printing in ColorWorks label printers and the SurePress label Presses, food contact material compliant.

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The regulations governing ink used in direct to food printers and food packaging printers include (GMP) Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation, EU Regulation framework, Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation, and Swiss Ordinance.

In the printing business, food packaging tops the list of the segments that are mostly regulated. Europe’s and Asia’s print values chains will be required to account for the new rules and adjust accordingly, especially on matters concerning safety.

Regulators and new company owners are gearing toward larger amounts of food packaging. Smithers Pira says that this trend will make the print and paper chains the world’s packaging authority and a safe food printing to grow at a faster rate than the actual food packaging market. The market demand for food-grade ink is currently increasing at 6% a year.

Epson has invested heavily to comply with food packaging regulations. This has shown that the company is fully committed to the packaging industry and label printing for foods. Their commitment has paved the way for other companies to develop inks that are safe to be used in food packaging printers and direct to food printers.

The special food inks will ensure that foods are not contaminated, making sure food safety is maintained.

Additional Regulations and Epson Ink Materials

The materials used to make the Epson Inks are registered by the Swiss Positive Lists A and B, making the inks compliant to the Swiss Ordinance Regulations on articles and materials that come in contact with food.

The company is also registered by EuPIA as a member. It is, therefore, complying to the European Framework Regulation guidelines on inks used in printing food packages.

However, the company has said that it is not recommended to use the Epson SurePress and ColorWorks inks for direct to food printing. The EU Regulation Framework recommend that the outer side of a food-package should be separated from the side in contact with food by glass, plastic, aluminium, or any other material that can act as a functional barrier. The barriers are used to prevent the ink from diffusing into the packaged food.

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