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What are Food-Safe Inks?

Posted by Ryan On January 21st

Food Safe InkHave you ever wondered what makes an ink safe for use on food packaging? What stops a company from using a toxic chemical that could leech into your food?

It stands to reason that an ink containing ingredients obviously unsafe to consume, like lead, should not be considered food safe. But who decides which ingredients are safe?

A food-safe ink contains additives that the Food & Drug Administration deems safe for use in “food contact substances.” Food contact substances include paper, wraps, cardboard, adhesives, plastics, and so on. If an additive is already on the FDA’s list, and conditions for using it are followed, it’s okay. If the additive is new, the FDA requires scientific evidence to show that it’s safe. Each ink manufacturer submits a request to the FDA to verify that any new additives are safe.

Custom Packaging & Products uses inks only from manufacturers that have the approved FDA additives in their inks. We want to make sure people aren’t eating anything dangerous or untested when they use our packaging.

To health!

Ink bottle image by Adrian Park of Wikimedia.

2 Responses

  1. Michael Gettis Says:

    You advertise you use inks only from manufacturers that have undergone an FDA approval process. The FDA does not have an approval process for printing inks so how can you make that claim? The FDA does not approve printing inks.

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 at 7:43 am

  2. Ryan Says:

    Michael,
    Thank you for your comments and yes you are correct in that the FDA does not provide an approval process for Printing inks. They do however provide approval for the additives that go into the printing inks. Our post is meant to be an education tool for our customers and we appreciate you pointing that out. We have updated the post to reflect that. If you have any further questions or comments please feel free to let us know.

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 at 11:11 am

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