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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
Cure level should always be checked at the start of a print job, and during regular intervals throughout the run. Main- taining proper color density is also important, as too high of a print density may adversely affect cure. GFSI, SQF CERTIFICATION There are two systems that may also be useful for convert- ers to follow and obtain certification. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an initiative of the European CIES Food Industry Forum that consists of glob- al retailers, manufacturers and foodservice companies. The objective is to create a forum for comparison of standards against a benchmark document that establishes minimum requirements acceptable to retailers. Its goal: “Once Certi- fied, Accepted by All” . The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program is not new, having been introduced in 1994. Its standard is managed through various technical committees. The Packaging Guidance document allows for benefits to both suppliers and buyers and takes a risk-based approach to managing processes. SQF is now looking at converters and ink manufacturers to bring them under a common umbrella with others in the sup- ply chain. INvOlvE All pACkAGING STAkEhOldERS A final and important takeaway: Though ultimate responsi- bility for ensuring compliance rests with the company placing the packaging in the market, achieving safe packaging re- quires all stakeholders in the packaging design and produc- tion chain to work together (including the package designer, printer/converter, and material suppliers). A good example of the partnership required is outlined in the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulation (EU Regulation EC 2023/2006/ EC). This regulation details the overall requirements regarding selection and use of materi- als and articles intended to come into contact with food. It establishes a framework of rules for all stakeholders involved in the development of packaging. Furthermore, it establishes and maintains recommendations for working specifications, quality assurance, control mechanisms, and traceability. n About the Author: Kevin Facklam is the corporate director, regulatory affairs, INX International Ink Co. He has held the position since 2000, after joining the company in 1993. He currently manages all aspects of the firm’s global environ- mental, health and safety issues. Facklam also serves as a member of the Food Packaging and Environmental commit- tees for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), European Union Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), and Printing Inks for Food Packaging (PIFOOD). 28 FLEXO april 2013 www.flexography.org Visit us at 2013 FTA INFO*FLEX, Booth 235/334