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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
RIDDELL: Inks and coatings of all types are subject to the same regulatory requirements when it comes to food safety. The Code of Federal Regulations dictates the restrictions and allowances of direct and indirect contact with consum- able goods. FLEXO: Can ink be certified? Is UV ink certifiable? RIDDELL: To my knowledge, inks must comply with regu- latory requirements, such as FDA and other agencies, to define the components and their hazards. I have not heard of certification in general. There are specific inks and coatings that comply with FDA acceptance with regard to direct and indirect contact with consumable goods. I do not believe they are certified by food safety requirements. FLEXO: Who can unravel the mystery of UV and EB accep- tance and non-acceptance vs. the fear of use of UV and EB inks for direct and indirect food contact? DOHERTY: This question is best directed to the manufactures of those products. There are various degrees of food contact (direct, indirect, incidental, wet, dry etc.) and the path is not always clear. FLEXO: How are these new regulations affecting, or how will they affect, offshore suppliers of food and/or packaging? RIDDELL: Good question. The answer is relevant to many facets of free trade between nations. Food safety is judged by customers, not suppliers. If a customer requires food safety compliance/certification, obtaining the necessary credentials will depend on the suppliers’ compliance. n 32 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org Water is the only drink permitted on the production floor and it must be in a clear plastic bottle with a lid to comply with sQF criteria.