Germany to ban unsafe printing inks in food packaging

The German government is preparing national controls on printing inks used in food packaging to prevent health risks to consumers. A regulation is being drafted by the consumer protection minister, Ilse Aigner.

The ministry for consumer protection opted for national regulation after failing to win the European Commission’s support for an EU-level initiative. It is continuing to lobby for an EU regulation.

Newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on Monday that the draft regulation will define a white-list of substances evaluated and passed as safe by scientific bodies. These substances may be used in inks for food packaging up to an unspecified migration limit. The rules would take effect next year.

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