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Printing Safe and Durable Food Labels: Essential Features You Need to Know!

When it comes to labeling food products, there are several important factors to consider in order to ensure that the labels are safe for consumers to use. One of the most important considerations is the materials used in the printing process. In this blog post, we will explore some of the key features necessary for creating food safe labels, including the use of food-grade ink, proper adhesives, and durability.

First, let’s talk about ink. In order to create food safe labels, it’s crucial to use food-grade ink. This type of ink is specifically designed to be safe for use in contact with food products, and it meets strict safety standards set by regulatory bodies such as the FDA. 

Food-grade ink is made with ingredients that are considered safe for human consumption and are free of harmful chemicals. Additionally, these types of ink are specifically made to be resistant to fading, smudging or rubbing off, which can be a problem with other types of ink. Water-based pigment ink satisfies these requirements.

Next, we’ll take a look at adhesives. Adhesives are what keep the label in place on a food product, and it’s essential that they are also food-safe. Non-food safe adhesives can contain harmful chemicals or contaminants that can leach into the food product, making it unsafe for consumption. Food safe adhesives are made with ingredients that are not harmful when consumed, so it’s important to choose a food safe adhesive for your food labels.

Durability is also an important factor when it comes to food safe labels. Food products can often be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity, which can cause labels to degrade quickly. In order to ensure that food safe labels last as long as they need to, it’s important to use a durable material that can withstand these conditions. Many food safe labels are made with materials that are resistant to water, heat and sunlight, which helps to extend their lifespan.

Additionally, the printing process of food safe labels is also important. Water based printing methods as well as digital printing methods that use food-grade ink are considered as safe for printing food labels. The printing technology used in the ArrowJet Aqua 330R line of printers are perfect for this type of application.

Another important feature that is often overlooked is the use of barcode or QR code. Barcodes and QR codes are the small black and white lines or squares that we often see on food labels. They provide additional information about the food product, including the ingredients and nutritional information. But if you’re creating food safe labels, it’s important to make sure that the barcode or QR code is easily scannable, so that consumers can quickly and easily access this information. Using variable data software is the best way to create this type of information with ease.

In conclusion, creating food safe labels requires careful consideration of the materials used in the printing process, including the use of food-grade ink, proper adhesives, and durable materials. Additionally, the printing method should be water-based or digital printing method with food-grade ink, this will help to eliminate the risk of any harmful chemicals or contaminants leaching into the food product. It’s also important to make sure that barcodes or QR codes are easily scannable and provide additional information about the food product. By keeping these key features in mind, you can ensure that your food labels are safe and informative for consumers to use.

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