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Food safety: Unintended elements engineered out

  • By Domino Printing Sciences
  • August 30, 2019
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Food producers know the importance of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) just as well as they know the risks associated with neglecting them. In fact, the savviest business boards and leaders will pick their ingredient and equipment suppliers on the balance of the standards they set to eliminate the potential for contamination. In food production, Non-Intentionally Added Substances – or NIAS – simply cannot find a way into the end product.

When exercising such strict adherence to GMP for every aspect of your end product’s formation, it makes no sense to leave the packing and labelling element to chance – especially when the stakes are so high.

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Partnering with Domino to underpin your protection

With Domino as your coding partner, you can rest assured that the GMP for all your package printing inks and materials is built into our organisation and processes are 100% covered.  Our company’s membership and affiliations with associations dedicated to food industry integrity helps our teams help you understand and meet global requirements. Put simply, Domino provides ongoing expert guidance on the impact of GMP legislation.

In fact, a range of Domino’s printing inks is safe to use on packaging and manufactured to GMP. They are designed for use in non-direct food contact applications where the ink is printed onto the outside of food packaging, such as crisp packets and plastic bottles.

European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) devised its GMP guidelines to help ink companies meet their obligations with respect to the European Union’s Food Contact Materials Regulation (EC) No.1935/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 – GMP for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

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The association – which counts Domino as its only multi-approach coding and marking supplier member – also built its guidelines by adherence to ISO9000 and ISO22000. What this means is that any ink recommended by Domino will have been designed and manufactured to be suitable for use in food packaging applications, subject to the final finished pack. We can provide information to help our customers meet their legal responsibilities, but they have to prove inks are safe in their application.

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Ink components traced from primary sources

EuPIA’s GMP and guidelines for traceability of the raw materials that make up the inks used in food sector packaging solutions, ensure not just quality, but compliance with legal frameworks.  The expertise within EuPIA is such that its intelligence quite often precedes that of legislators, which makes it a trailblazer in food packaging printing ink best practice.

Domino’s membership of EuPIA and other key industry-informing associations means that we consider the risks and undertake exposure assessments in accordance with internationally-recognised scientific principles. As part of our ink development process, we work with our suppliers to ensure that we select raw materials that are suitable for use in food packaging applications. We also perform analytical testing on products using our state-of-the-art facilities to provide recommendations to our customers. The principles of continuous improvement bind us with respect to consumer safety, and we are also members of several interest groups so that we can stay abreast of any impending market changes.

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