Inkjet printer manufacturer Screen and adhesives specialist Lintec have partnered to enhance the safety of packaged food.

The two companies are working on improving the availability of low migration/low permeability labels and adhesives for food packaging applications.

Screen Europe sales and operation manager Taishi Motoshige said: “We consider food packaging safety a responsibility of the entire supply chain. We therefore work with partners whenever possible to enhance the availability of safe and low migration packaging.”

Screen launched its new low migration label printer, the Truepress JetL350UV+ LM, three years ago.

Equipped with a nitrogen purge mechanism, the printer speeds up the drying of UV inks. This helps in preventing ink migration further and enhance safety.

Additionally, Lintec has been investing in the research and development (R&D) to improve its ultra-low migration adhesives.

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Lintec administration department R&D division general manager Kazuya Katoh said: “Safety issues related to the migration of ink and adhesive components throughout the food and pharmaceutical supply chain, as well as the potential health hazards that they could pose to end-users, are causes of concern for brand owners and manufacturers.

“Therefore, label and packaging suppliers face growing demand for solutions that ensure products are protected from contamination caused by inks and adhesives.”

The two companies integrated Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV+LM with Lintec’s ultra-low migration label stock and assessed the performance of their low migration technologies in accordance with the regulatory standards.

During a series of independent third-party tests, the overall migration limit (OML) is 0.6mg/100cm2.

Motoshige added: “This is an outstanding result, considering the current EU regulation allowance for OML is 10mg/100cm2.”