Epson Commercial Label Printers Reach Milestone in Food Contact Materials Compliance
The regulations include EU Regulation framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP) (EC) No. 2023/2006, Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation (EU) 10/2011 and included in Swiss Ordinance (RS 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks. Food packaging is one of the most regulated segments of the print industry. The print value chain will need to take account of the new regulations – especially in Europe and Asia – and simultaneously adjust to priorities beyond safety. According to Smithers Pira, the worldwide authority on the packaging, print and paper supply chains, food-safe printing inks will grow faster than the food packaging market as pressure from brand owners and regulators are leveraging it for larger amounts of food packaging. The market for food grade inks is also growing at 6 percent per year. Special food-grade inks are also increasingly being used in printing for food packaging to ensure that there is no contamination of the product when they are used correctly, ensuring food safety. Epson’s commitment to the food and beverage label and packaging industry is shown in the level of investment it has applied in its pursuit of regulatory compliance. Jocelyn Tan, Regional Senior Manager, Printers Solutions Division, Epson Singapore said, “Our customers can be assured that the printers they have installed in their manufacturing facilities are compliant with Food Contact Materials regulations. Epson will continue to meet and exceed customers’ needs in the production of food and beverage labels and packaging.” Epson's Investment in Ink Unique among digital inkjet press and printer manufacturers, Epson produces its own ink. Epson invests directly in systems and hygienic processes to produce ink for its SurePress and ColorWorks solutions.