Consumer food safety : our approach

” Inks Low Migration ” : Stratus Packaging raise the ink.

The use of low migration inks will soon be made mandatory: by choosing to use them now, Stratus Packaging is once again demonstrating its ongoing and uncompromising commitment to a responsible and socially responsible company.

It has long been known that the chemical compounds of inks and varnishes migrate spontaneously through paper or cardboard packaging, with the risk of touching food, which poses an obvious health problem.

At a time when food safety is at the heart of many debates, led by consumer associations particularly attentive to not being exposed to the consequences of uncontrolled (or non-admitted) industrial processes, the issue of « low migration » inks and varnishes » makes sense.

The research carried out by the ink manufacturers, particularly on the molecular aspect of the photoinitiators responsible for these migrations led to the creation of these new compounds called « low migration ». A range of inks is now available that meets the new criteria defined by the standard CE 10/2011 (EC Regulation No. 1935/2004) without losing the fundamental criteria of lightfastness, range of colors and odor reduction.

« As a label manufacturer, the use of low-migration inks is simply obvious. The requirement is multiple with a regulation that attracts everyone and that is good, « says Fabien Gleizon, quality manager at Stratus.

Of the 5 Stratus Packaging Group sites, 2 are already certified BRC IOP double grade A (Certification for the safety and hygiene of food and non-food packaging).

Subsequently, Stratus Packaging’s decision to systematise the use of these new inks is part of the group’s goal of enabling its customers to access a higher level of security.

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