The printing inks sector in Europe has taken a number of voluntary initiatives over the last few years to prevent the occurrence of ink migration in food packaging
Sean Milmo, Ink World Associate Editor07.26.11
Migration of packaging inks into foods has again become an issue of major concern in Europe, with the prospect that it could lead to a proliferation of national regulations which will seriously fragment the region’s packaging market.
Contamination of foods by inks is back in the limelight because of new worries about migration of mineral oils from packaging into food, and to a lesser extent, about the movement of nanomaterials into food from packaging.
The issue of migration received a lot of media attention around six years ago when the discovery in Italy of traces of a UV initiator – 2-isopropyl thioxanthone (ITX) – in two milk brands of Nestle, the Swiss-based multinational food conglomerate, triggered a health scare.
The printing inks sector in Europe has taken a number of voluntary initiatives over the last few years to prevent the occurrence of ink migration in food packaging.
After the IPX incident, there were calls for the European Union to draw up legisla
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