Food Safety: Siegwerk emphasises on elimination over risk mitigation

Ink major Siegwerk India emphasised on avoiding the risk of including toluene in the package printing process, while addressing journalists at a media conference in Mumbai on 20 July 2018.

27 Jul 2018 | By Abhishek Muralidharan

Ashish Pradhan, chief executive officer, Siegwerk India said “In November 2017, Siegwerk India took a voluntary decision to go 100% toluene free and the Siegwerk Bhiwadi site is now toluene free and does not use toluene in its manufacturing processes. To ensure compliance and rule out any possibility of cross-contamination, Siegwerk India has established adequate controls to guarantee the inks delivered to customers are toluene free.”

All inks supplied by Siegwerk for food packaging applications are formulated in such a way that these are Indian Standard IS 15495 compliant with the presence of suitable barrier layers.

Pradhan said, “According to estimates, around 80% of inks manufacturered in India are toluene-based.”

Siegwerk has organised a Food Safety conference alongside PackPlus 2018 on 27 July 2018, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi to shed more light on the topic.