European Commission may set EU-wide standards that override national ordinances.
Sean Milmo, European Editor05.15.17
After many years of relatively disjointed regulation of inks and other food contact materials in Europe, ink producers could gain soon from a much more harmonized approach to the issue.
However, a number of uncertainties will first have to be resolved in the assessment and management of risks of contamination of food stuffs in packaging due to the migration of chemicals in printing inks.
The European Commission, the Brussels-based executive of the European Union that is responsible for drawing up EU regulations to be approved by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers representing member state governments, has announced it is proposing new rules on food contact materials. The objective is to harmonize for the first time at the EU level a variety of rules in Europe on the use of inks in food packaging.
The German Printing Ink Ordinance
The Commission’s move follows the German government’s issuing of its latest draft of a Printing Ink Ordinance on food co
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