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Food Grade Inks

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Linx food grade inks contain only edible raw materials conforming to regulations of either the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the European Union (EU). When used with Linx ink jet printers, these Linx inks offer a very safe and flexible means of coding and marking edible products. They are also suitable for product identification of packaging that comes into contact with food.

Linx does not manufacture inks or solvents for any other supplier. Our fluids are tested extensively during their development, and are manufactured according to strict specifications, resulting in a high level of quality assurance. There is ample evidence that the use of non-Linx inks or solvents in Linx printers can affect printer reliability and lead to costly repairs and production line downtime.

SPECIFICATION

  • Linx Red food grade ink 6100 (FDA) and Blue food grade ink 6120 (FDA) can be used to mark the surface of edible products, food packaging in contact with food, and products that come into contact with skin, where FDA regulations apply
  • Linx Blue food grade ink 6220 (EU) can be used where EU regulations apply, and also in Japan and Australia
Ink Type Drying time (seconds) Colour-fastness (in direct sunlight)* Solvent base Additional features
Linx Red food grade ink 6100 (FDA) 1-9 2-3 weeks Ethanol/water Low odour Formulated to prevent the growth of bacteria
Linx Blue food grade ink 6120 (FDA) 1-9 2-3 weeks Ethanol/water Low odour Formulated to prevent the growth of bacteria
Linx Blue food grade ink 6220 (EU) 1-9 2-3 weeks Ethanol/water Low odour Formulated to prevent the growth of bacteria

*The actual degree of fading will vary according to location, time of year, substrate and type and intensity of daylight

 

Specific regulations apply governing what products can be printed. Some guidelines are included in the table below, but suitability should always be checked locally with regulators prior to use.

Foodstuffs FDA type ink (FDA compliant) EU type ink (EU, Japan, Australia compliant)
Biscuits Yes Yes
Bread No No
Cake icing Yes Yes
Cheese (edible rind) No No
Cheese (inedible rind) Yes Yes
Chewing gum Yes Yes
Confectionery Yes Yes
Eggshells Yes Yes
Fish No No
Food supplements (tablets, capsules) Yes Yes
Fruit Yes Yes
Meat No Yes
Nuts (shell on) Yes Yes
Vegetables Yes Yes
Packaging in contact with food Yes Yes
Pharmaceuticals (tablets, capsules) Yes Yes
Other items e.g. tobacco products, medical devices Yes Yes

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Coding Products of Canada Ltd.
7 Innovation Drive Flamborough, ON
Canada, L9H 7H9

T: 905-690-1471
F: 905-690-8393

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