For brands and packaging converters alike, ensuring the safety of food products is paramount. Packaging plays a critical role in protecting food from contamination, and the inks used on that packaging must be of the highest quality.

Siegwerk, a global leader in printing inks and coatings, recognises this responsibility and said it remains firmly committed to developing and promoting the safest possible solutions for the food packaging sector.

Siegwerk’s dedication to food safety is evident in their comprehensive portfolio of inks and coatings.

Notably, it is a leading provider of toluene-free packaging inks. Toluene, a solvent previously used in some ink formulations, has been classified as a potential health hazard, raising concerns about its migration into food and beverage products.

By offering toluene-free alternatives, Siegwerk empowers brands and converters to meet the growing demand for safer packaging solutions and comply with stricter regulations.

Beyond offering safe products, Siegwerk actively supports printers in transitioning to toluene-free inks. This transition ensures compliance with evolving regulations, such as the recently implemented National Standard “Printing ink for food packaging – General requirements” (Vietnam-TCVN 13928:2023) in Vietnam, which prohibits the use of toluene in ink formulations for food packaging.

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Through their expertise and support programmes, Siegwerk helps printers navigate the switch to safer options, minimising disruption and ensuring a smooth transition.

Siegwerk’s commitment to safe food packaging solutions extends beyond regulatory compliance. It said it understands the impact that ink formulations can have on the organoleptic properties of food and beverages.

Toluene-based inks can potentially alter the taste and aroma of packaged products, compromising food quality. By promoting toluene-free alternatives, Siegwerk safeguards the integrity and sensory experience of packaged food, ultimately benefiting both brands and consumers.