Food safe inks
Although the UK's Food Standards Agency has said there's no firm evidence of food safety risks related to mineral oils (from ink) in recycled food packaging, the recent furore around this issue suggests that manufacturers are sufficiently concerned and will review and alter their packaging.
The question is this: why are newspapers, which make up the majority of recycled content in cereal packaging, still being printed with mineral oil based inks? Wouldn't be sensible and less costly if all newpapers were printed using vegetable oil inks?
Calverts has been successfully using vegetable oil inks for over a decade on our B2 Heidelberg Offset Litho press and we're pretty sure that had Jordans, Kelloggs, or any other illustrious cereal manufactuers used our recycled waste sheets containing vegetable based inks to produce their packaging then this problem of contamination would never have happened. We're aware that the low amount of waste we produce might not fulfil Jordans and Kelloggs requirements but the offer is there.
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Dedicated cereal eaters, cake makers, food manufacturers and switched on print buyers might also be interested to know that the (Simitri) inks used on our new Konica Minolta Biz Hub 8000 digital press are 100% food safe. Find out more about printing with food safe inks. These greener digital inks are manufactured by polymerisation rather than the conventional kneading or pulverizing method, which achieves:
- Reduction in Greenhouse Gas emission of 32% for carbon dioxide and 40% for nitrogen oxide.
- A reduction in sulphur dioxide emission reduction, a cause of "acid rain", by 42%
Furthermore, Simitri inks requires less toner to be applied to the paper and oil free fusing is achieved at lower temperatures. This significantly reduces the power consumption of the digital press whilst delivering exceptional print quality.