All raw materials that we purchase meet the highest requirements as to food safety and comply with the prevailing EU legislation. We verify this very thoroughly, both in our own workshops and with our suppliers.
All cardboard that we use for the food industry must observe EU Regulation 1935/2004. (*1) This Regulation lays down that no damaging substances may be transferred from cardboard to foodstuffs. Du Caju Printing chooses the right sort of cardboard for packaging the various foodstuffs, with the necessary supported certificates from its respective suppliers.
All inks used by Du Caju Printing observe EU Regulation 1935/2004 (*1) and the GMP 2003/2006 (*2) and REACH (*3) standards. It concerns practically odourless, low-migration inks and the only inks available on the market that are suited for printing primary packaging materials. We only use these sorts of ink in all our production processes so that there is no risk of contamination by other inks that are not suited for food articles. All our ink, the Quadri colours as well as our Pantone colours and the silver and gold metal ink, are also free from mineral oil, they don't contain any MOSH or MOAH. Our inks also observe the Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 (*5). Besides, all our ink suppliers are member of Eupia (European Association of Printing Ink Companies) and observe all relevant criteria.
For all our printing we only use food-safe dispersion paints that observe EU Regulation 1935/2004 (*1). These dispersion paints have a low odour and taste transfer and consist of ecologically hazardless, water-based coatings that do not contain damaging phthalates or heavy materials and are free of ITX and benzophenone. Dispersion paints are suited for both primary and secondary packaging materials. We also offer dispersion paints that are suited to come into direct contact with food. All our paints also observe the Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 (*5).
SUPERGLOSS OR UV VARNISHES
Supergloss is a perfect alternative to UV with almost the same number of gloss points but is also food-safe and thus suitable for both primary and secondary packaging!
Supergloss is a unique procedure developed by Du Caju Printing. If you would nevertheless like UV gloss varnish, we can also guarantee that this is safe as we only use low-migration UV varnishes.
Good drying guarantees food-safe packaging and the required number of lamp hours is thus closely monitored. We therefore also advise you to only use UV varnishes for secondary packaging.
The glues that we use do not contain damaging plasticizers and are suited for indirect contact with foodstuffs. We use these glues for gluing folding boxes for dry, fat and moist foodstuffs. All these glues observe EU standard 1935/2004 (*1).
The window foil that we use observes the European Directive 2002/72/EC (*4) relating to plastic materials and EU standard 1935/2004 (*1) and may come into direct contact with foodstuffs. Also the glues that we use on the window application machine observes EU standard 1935/2004 (*1).
A food-safe manufacturing process is not only an absolute necessity for people and animals, but also for economic reasons. A recall may have disastrous consequences for your company. Du Caju Printing not only gives you the absolute assurance that your product will be packed in a ‘food-safe' manner, but also provides you with the reassuring certainty that all issued certificates are supported by know-how and the use of correct raw materials.
*1// EC-Regulation 1935/2004: the underlying principle of this Regulation is that all materials and goods intended to come into direct or indirect contact with foodstuffs, do not release damaging substances in quantities that may be a hazard to the health of people or that may lead to an unacceptable alteration in the composition of the foodstuffs or to a negative impact on their organoleptic properties.
*2// GMP 2023/2006: EC Regulation no. 2023/2006 from the Commission of 22 December 2006 regarding good manufacturing practices for materials and goods intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. (GMP = Good Manufacturing Practices).
*3// REACH: REACH is a system for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemical substances produced in or imported into the European Union. The name ‘REACH' stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. The relevant legislation (Regulation no. 1907/2006) dates from 18 December 2006 and entered into force on 1 June 2007.
*4// 10/2011/EU: the Directive relating to plastic materials that come into direct contact with foodstuffs. This Directive also lays down specific migration limits for hazardous substances.
*5// SWISS Ordinance: Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21: The Swiss federal government recently changed its legislation of 23 November 2005; this amended law is now applicable since April 2010. It applies to materials that come into contact with food (or inks and paints printed on packaging materials for food articles). The Swiss Ordinance includes many regulations specifically applying to inks. Article 26g and Annex 6 include a positive list of raw materials, only these raw materials are allowed to be used in printing inks according to the Swiss legislation. In spite of the fact that this legislation does not apply in the European Union, it is becoming ever more a standard requirement set by the food industry. It is also possible that the EU will fully or partially adopt this Swiss Ordinance in its own legislation.