Can anyone assist me with this? We're currently reaching out to our suppliers to obtain compliance letters and/or information regarding food safe product options. One of the suppliers that we reached out to was a video jet equipment/ink supplier. We're a paperboard packaging company and we use video jet to print promo codes/etc. on the inside of the carton. Our central stores/purchasing representative had this to say (See Below) after communicating with this particular supplier. Basically what this supplier is saying is that we can't simply purchase food grade inks for this system and convert it. They said we would have to completely purchase a new piece of equipment which I find extremely difficult to believe. Why couldn't this system be flushed out with a cleaner and then converted? Thanks as always for your help!
Good News/Bad News
They do sell food grade Ink/Makeup/Solvents that would* work in our current printers
They do sell food grade Ink/Makeup/Solvents but they won’t* work in our current printers
*They both have stated the same Mantra. The FDA will not give Food Grade Certification if the equipment being used has run Non-Food Grade Inks/Makeup prior. In order to get certification they must be new (not purged) printers.