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Posted 23 August 2022 - 04:29 AM

Dear everyone,


As per BRC requirement, is it necessary to have "food grade" ink that used to print the labels for the finished good? 


Can anyone share with me if it's necessary? 



Thank you all for your answers!


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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:20 AM

Greetings Walailuk,


It is necessary if you use permeable food contact material, given the potential of migration of ink components. That's the general guideline. However this can depend on other factors, like the label itself (is it a separate attached label or printed right on the package?). You could also perform a migration test, but it is unsure if a BRC auditor will accept it unless you can solidly prove you have all variables covered.




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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:26 AM

The need to use food grade ink all depends on the risk assessment. Risk that the ink coming into  contact with the food product or  contaminate it.
If there is no risk or the risk is low no need to use food grade ink.

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