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Switzerland Revises List of Substances for Food Contact Ink

SafeGuardSHardgoods, HardgoodsDecember 14, 2020

Switzerland has published its latest list of substances for packaging ink under its food contact legislation. The new list became effective on December 1, 2020.

In November 2020, Switzerland published RO 2020 4811 (in French, German or Italian) under Official Collection No. 149 of November 24, 2020 to replace its list of substances that are allowed for the manufacture of packaging ink and related requirements for food contact materials and articles (RS 817.023.21, in French, German or Italian). The new positive list, under Appendix 10 to RS 817.023.21 (in French, German or Italian), contains approximately 5,000 substances

According to the definitions in the food contact materials and articles legislation, packaging inks are:

  • Mixtures of ink and printed varnishes to be printed on the surface of materials and articles that do not come into direct contact with food
  • Manufactured from substances such as binders, dyes, pigments, plasticizers, solvents and other additives 
  • Layers of packaging ink which, in their finished state, are thin films or printing varnishes that are dried or hardened on the surface of materials and articles

This new list of substances became effective on December 1, 2020.

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