HP Inc. has become the first supplier to meet new Intertek Guidelines for the Safe Use of Printing Inks, enabling corrugated packaging printed on HP PageWide digital presses to be used for packaging that comes into direct contact with food.
Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider, has developed the guidelines to help digital solutions providers, packaging converters and food brands comply with regulatory requirements.
Intertek tested samples printed with true water-based inks on HP PageWide T1100 Series and HP PageWide C500 presses to measure migration limits and ensure safety requirements in accordance with global regulatory and industry guidance, including Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé Guidance, FDA and EU Framework.
Naeem Mady, Vice President of Regulatory Market Access at Intertek, said: “Intertek developed these guidelines to clearly outline the requirements for food-safe digital printing inks in corrugated packaging. Intertek is pleased to announce that HP has successfully fulfilled Intertek Guidelines for the Safe Use of Printing Inks to comply with global quality and safety requirements.”
Eric Wiesner, General Manager of HP’s PageWide Industrial Division, said: “Intertek’s recognition reinforces our strategic intent to design and manufacture digital printing ﬂuids that comply with strict regulatory requirements. This validation is key to informing our customers of our robust food-safe compliance for printing primary and secondary corrugated packaging that requires no additional barriers.”