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  • 26 Feb 2021

Toyo introduces offset inks for food packaging

Toyo Printing Inks has introduced the LP-9000 Toyo Life Premium Food LO/LM, a new series of sheetfed offset inks with low odor and low migration characteristics.

Engineered and manufactured following EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association) guidelines and the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), the LP-9000 LO/LM product is suitable for use in printed packages for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and other sensitive applications. This new low migration offset series has been specially formulated for printing on the non-food contact surface of paper and cardboard media.

The LP-9000 LO/LM ink series is composed of raw materials from plant and renewable sources, which do not contain any drying agents. Instead, drying is achieved purely by substrate penetration without releasing any hexanal while drying, resulting in reduced odor intensity.

The new inks have passed migration testing based on EU Regulation No 10/2011 and certified by the Germany-based ISEGA Institute. Moreover, they adhere to the regulatory requirements of EC 1935/2004, EC No 2023/2006, and all national and international regulations within the scope of the Swiss Ordinance (Nestle Guidance Note on Packaging Inks) and the EuPIA Exclusion Policy for Printing Inks and Related Products.

‘We are extremely pleased to announce our latest food packaging innovation that complies with all applicable packaging material legislation in Europe,’ commented Rukiye Kiter, offset R&D manager at Toyo Printing Inks, said. ‘The LP-9000 Toyo Life Premium Food LO/LM series was designed and produced with food safety in mind at our Manisa R&D Centre. We also worked with the national science and technological research agency Tubitak on R&D projects that focus on our common vision of delivering innovative food packaging solutions through advanced science.’

The new ink range consists of process colors designed according to the ISO-2846 and ISO-12647 printing standards for CMYK print, and proof works. Toyo Printing Inks has also developed the color pastes for color matching and a database software system that allow designers to match Pantone and spot colors accurately. The new formulations exhibit low misting even at high press speeds and are available as a four-process color set, highly pigmented 12 base color, transparent and white.

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