There is speculation that the Swiss ordinance will effectively become the standard for food packaging inks in Europe
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor11.11.09
The food packaging sector in Europe had until recently looked likely to escape the burden of legislation specifically aimed at printing inks in food packaging.
The European Union (EU), whose 27 member states account for much of Western Europe and large parts of Eastern Europe, has a five-year-old framework regulation on food contact materials. But it only requires that all inks in food packaging do not endanger human health, without laying down in detail how this should be achieved.
In August of last year, an EU regulation on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for the production of food contact materials and articles came into force. But it covers inks only in an annex on the application of printing inks.
However, Switzerland, one of the few Western European states which is not an EU member, has broken ranks with the rest of European countries by bringing in legislation laying down a positive list of substances to be used specifically in food packaging inks.
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