Food packages are printed to inform consumers about the contents, ingredients and nutrient content in accordance with the regulations of the foods information regulations (regulation (EU) no. 1169/2011). Consumers naturally expect safe food packages. We are happy to produce them.
The path to a safe printing ink starts with the right selection of raw materials, leads to conforming recipes and processing according to Good Manufacturing Practice, and finishes with subsequent calculations, evaluations and tests. We steadily procure the required information for this.
Since inks are only part of a finished package, the Compliance department or working in conformity cannot be considered separately. This affects not only the printing ink manufacturer, but each member of the entire value creation chain, from raw material suppliers via printing ink manufacturers, print shops and food packers, to the individual end customers.
Within this supply chain, we jointly bear responsibility for the finished packaging, and each member is obligated to make their contribution. For example, printing ink manufacturers assume responsibility for their Inks. On the other hand, printers are responsible for the printed packaging. The transfer of substances from the packaging or print ink layers into packaged foods is a process which is nonetheless unavoidable. The industry jargon defines this process as "migration". Substance transfer is limited to limit parameters permitted by law, so that consumer health as specified by Article 3 of the general regulations (regulation (EU) no. 1935/2004) is definitely not placed at risk.
Since there is no EU-wide harmonized, specific community law regarding Inks for food packaging, we here at Rotoflex - as a European printing ink manufacturer - believe that it is not enough to fulfill statutory requirements. We therefore gladly obligate ourselves to fulfill the standards of the Europäischer Druckfarbenverband EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association). These standards and guidelines are developed by the member companies of the EuPIA and implemented in the form of voluntary self-obligation. There are also additional requirements for brand-name articles, such as those of the Nestlé Guidance Note on Packaging Inks.