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Epson Food Contact Materials (FCM)

EPSON Inks Approved by FDA that Meet FCM and GMP Standards

Epson demonstrates its long-term commitment to the food and beverage label and packaging industry by rigorously pursuing regulatory compliance. The ink used in their ColorWorks ® on-demand color label printers is compliant with EU Regulation Framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP) (EC) No. 2023/2006, Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation (EU) 10/2011 and included in Swiss Ordinance (RS 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks.

EPSON Investment in Ink

Epson is unique among digital inkjet press and printer manufacturers, due to the fact that they produce their own ink. Their facilities meet the internationally recognized Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards (EC) No. 2023/2006 EU Regulations and corresponding United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cGMP. In addition, Epson ColorWorks inks are manufactured with food grade hygiene management, implementing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) risk assessment at each stage of production.

EPSON Ink Materials and Additional Regulations

Epson is a member of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) and adheres to the guidelines for printing inks applied to the food packaging materials and articles, according to GMP (EC) No. 2023/2006 under European Framework Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. Their inks comply with the Swiss Ordinance on Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (RS817.023.21) and their ingredients have been registered or submitted to the Swiss Positive Lists A and B, published by Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) approved for food labeling and package printing.

Non-Food Contact Surface Printing

In compliance with EU Regulation framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Epson ColorWorks inks are not intended for direct food contact applications. When using Epson ColorWorks ink, it is recommended that the non-food contact side of pressure-sensitive food labels is separated from food by aluminum, glass, plastic, or other functional barrier materials in order to prevent the migration of ink to the food.

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