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Screen teams up with Lintec on food packaging safety


September 8, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

Screen has joined forces with adhesives specialist Lintec to enhance the availability of low migration labels and adhesives. This move comes in response to the growing demand for technology that protects packaged food from toxic substances.

“We consider food packaging safety a responsibility of the entire supply chain. We therefore work with partners whenever possible to enhance the availability of safe and low migration packaging,” said Taishi Motoshige, sales and operations manager at Screen Europe.

Screen launched the Truepress JetL350UV+ LM, a low migration label printer, three years ago. The printer uses special low migration inks to offer enhanced safety by using a nitrogen purge mechanism for accelerating the curing of UV inks.

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Although low migration labels are vital for food packaging safety, the adhesive used to adhere the labels to packaging is also important, which has led Lintec to invest in R&D to improve its ultra-low migration adhesives. The two companies have teamed up to ensure their technologies work smoothly together, while achieving the highest regulatory standards.

“Safety issues related to the migration of ink and adhesive components throughout the food and pharmaceutical supply chain, as well as the potential health hazards that they could pose to end-users, are causes of concern for brand owners and manufacturers,” added Kazuya Katoh, general manager of administration department, R&D division at Lintec. “Therefore, label and packaging suppliers face growing demand for solutions that ensure products are protected from contamination caused by inks and adhesives.”