Food Packaging Ink: Pastes and Inks for Non-Direct Food Contact
For the formulation of food packaging ink (non-DFC), ECKART has developed its trade name FPG (Food Packaging Grade). We provide printing ink solutions for offset, rotogravure and flexo printing that deliver maximum performance and quality while minimizing potential impact to the environment and human health.
As a member of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), ECKART actively assisted in the creation of guidelines for consumer protection. We committed ourselves to the “EuPIA Guideline on Printing Inks applied to the non-food contact surface of food packaging materials and articles”. The guideline offers detailed formulation recommendations. It can be downloaded here: http://www.eupia.org
Food Packaging Ink – Metallic Effect Pigment Pastes and Ink
ECKART’s new Food Packaging Grade (FPG) series was developed in response to increased awareness with respect to chemical migration from printed packaging into foodstuffs. FPG stands for a complete portfolio of effect pigment pastes and inks especially developed for the print on food packaging (non-direct food contact):
- low migration
- free of white spirit and mineral oil
- listed on Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21)
- products for all printing processes
- various metallic silver and gold color shades
FPG pigment pastes are carefully manufactured from selected raw materials avoiding cross contamination.
All FPG inks are subject to GMP production and to strict regulations.
Formulation in accordance with (EuPIA) Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Printing Inks for Food Contact Materials, 4th completely revised version March 2016:
- Manufacturing under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
- Careful raw material selection (chemical identity, migration potential, impurities)
- Analytic control of raw materials and final products (internal / external)
- Dedicated production equipment / production instructions & processes
- Risk assessment of production processes (FMEA)
- Training of personnel
- SoCs (Statements of Composition) providing essential information along the supply chain are available for customers
Solvent-Based Metallic Effect Pigment Food Packaging Ink
ULTRASTAR and PLATINSTAR
Silver metallic FPG effect pigment inks for solvent-based gravure and flexo printing. Free of methoxypropanol, glycol, DPA and APEO.
Water-Based Metallic Effect Pigment Food Packaging Ink
ROTOSTAR Aqua FPG 7400 printing inks are water-based, one-component flexo inks, suitable for flexo printing on both coated and uncoated papers, boards and film substrates, e. g. corrugated board, flexible packaging and coated folding carton for narrow web and wide web applications. The inks are free of DPA, APEO and BPA. They provide high rub resistance and anti-settling properties as well as low foaming.
Oil-Based Metallic Effect Pigment Food Packaging Ink
METALSTAR FPG 11 silver and gold are low migration, leafing, organoleptically neutral, one-component sheet-fed offset inks for the production of food packages made of paper and board.
UV Curing Metallic Effect Pigment Food Packaging Ink
ULTRASTAR UV and ROTOSTAR UV
Effect pigment inks for UV radical curing, solvent-free, stable one-component inks.
TOPSTAR UV and METALSTAR UV
Effect pigment inks for UV and LED radical curing, solvent-free, stable one-component inks.
Metallic Effect Pigment Pastes for Food Packaging Ink
PLATINVARIO, ROTOVARIO FPG, HYDROXAL FPG and ROTOVARIO UV FPG
Our FPG pastes are based on non-leafing and leafing aluminum pigments as well as on leafing bronze pigments. Suitable for the formulation of gravure, flexo, offset and screen printing inks for the application on paper, board and foil. The pastes are free of DPA and APEO.
Food Packaging Inks Abbreviations
DPA - Diphenylamine (also called n-phenylaniline) is an aromatic organic compound. It belongs to the substance class of secondary amines. Diphenylamine is regarded as toxic.
APEO - Free of APEO (alkylphenol ethoxylate).
BPA-ni - The abbreviation BPA-NI stands for „Bisphenol A not intentionally added“. During the production process, there is no deliberate addition of this substance. Bisphenol A is an organic synthetic compound belonging to the group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols.
BPA exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers. Heat or heating-up, acids and alcalines favor the release of bisphenol A out of the polymer.