Direct food contact inks

Preserving Health and the Environment

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DFC (Direct Food Contact) inks are formulated to meet European and US regulations for package printing in direct contact with food.

As a safe, non-toxic ink, DFC opens up new possibilities for package design by increasing the available “real estate” for printing.  In addition, DFC can replace traditional inks in areas where migration of potentially harmful ink components is of concern.  Finally, DFC inks play an important role in the effort to reduce overall packaging volume; either by eliminating the need for protective laminates or allowing thinner gauge protective films.  In this case, improved package safety corresponds with a smaller “carbon footprint” and cost savings.  Under the right conditions, DFC inks can also help packaging comply with compostability standards (EN13432).

DFC inks are available in flexographic and gravure versions and in a broad palette of colors.

Spring’s DFC ink technology eliminates health concerns over migration and helps to guarantee the essential integrity of the food itself.  DFC technology works on three levels which, combined, can respond to virtually any packaging application.

The table below gives some suggestions for adopting the DFC technology best suited to your packaging application:

Application table for DFC Technology
LevelDry foods           Fatty/Greasy foods           HumidityChocolate
1 : DFC Ink on film or paperniveau-1-dfc++++++++++++++
2 : DFC Ink on film or paper with protective DFC varnish niveau-2-dfc+++++++++++++++++
3 : DFC Ink on film or paper with thin protective film niveau3-dfc++++++++++++++++++++

Level 1:  DFC inks with no functional barrier- primarily for contact with dry foods;

Level 2: DFC ink + DFC protective varnish- an inexpensive solution for improved mechanical, humidity and chemical resistance;

Level 3: DFC + thin-film food laminate.  With a traditional ink, even a “low migration” ink, a film laminate is not a fail-safe guarantee against the migration of harmful substances.  Since DFC does not contain any harmful substances, a thin barrier film (in most cases 12µ is sufficient) provides a reliable barrier to eliminate risks of bleeding due to direct contact with greasy, fatty foods or humid conditions.

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Spring works directly with its customers to identify the best solution for every packaging challenge.

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