Finland-based UPM Raflatac has launched a new food-safe top coated (FTC) film labelling material for use in various food labelling applications, including multipurpose polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) film labels.

The improved top coated label has been developed in compliance with EU food safety requirements, which includes the EC 1935/2004 framework regulation that applies to all food contact materials.

It also complies with EU regulation 10/2011 for film packaging, which describes measures for plastic-containing packages and articles specified to come into contact with food.

UPM noted that it provides proof of compliance and related documentation on good manufacturing practices for food contact materials.

Furthermore, the company’s production units feature an ISO 22000-compliant food safety management system.

"We aim to meet the needs for film materials within the food labelling sector and to ensure that consumer safety is always at the forefront."

UPM Raflatac labelling solutions manager Jay Betton said: "As innovators in labelling solutions, we aim to meet the needs for film materials within the food labelling sector and to ensure that consumer safety is always at the forefront.

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“By upgrading our top coated range to comply with food safety legislation, we are demonstrating our commitment to converters, printers, and the food manufacturing chain as a whole.”

UPM’s film materials can be recycled along with other recyclable packaging materials.

The thinner and lighter labels developed by the company also help to reduce packing size and weight.

In July, UPM Raflatac completed the acquisition of selected assets of South African label stock distributor Labelcote.

Image: UPM Raflatac’s new food-safe top coated film label. Photo: courtesy of UPM Raflatac.