The Turn Bar Blog

Welcome to The Turn Bar blog! Here you’ll find the latest on our innovative printing inks and coatings, technical & regulatory information and industry insights for all of your food, pharma and medical device print applications.

Choosing an Ink for Direct Food Contact – Understanding the Threshold of Regulation

Choosing an Ink for Direct Food Contact – Understanding the Threshold of Regulation

Food packaging colors and design play an essential role in successful marketing and consumer response. Many people select food items because of their eye-catching, artful wrappings. But most consumers generally give little thought to the safety of the packaging.

That’s the manufacturer and printer’s job

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Contamination Concerns in Medical Device Inks

Contamination Concerns in Medical Device Inks

As a rule, we accept that medical devices and surgical instruments must be manufactured under strict FDA guidelines. These regulations are designed to ensure products consistently meet applicable requirements and specifications to prevent contamination.

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Achieving Color Consistency in Food Packaging Inks

Achieving Color Consistency in Food Packaging Inks

Lot-to-lot ink color consistency is critically important for every brand – and it goes beyond ensuring that each package stands out and attracts attention on the shelf. Logo and identity-specific colors must be accurately represented not just most of the time, but every time.
Color match accuracy has always been important to ensure brand recognition. But the near-exponential growth of food brands in today’s marketplace means colors need to match consistently – from batch and batch – to build and reinforce buyer recognition and loyalty.

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Understanding FDA IFC & DFC Compliant Inks

Understanding FDA IFC & DFC Compliant Inks

As consumers, there is an ever-increasing focus on the safety of the products we purchase for our families but even the most educated consumer rarely thinks about the safety of the inks used on the packaging. Often these inks are in direct contact with the food we eat. Even in our industry we sometimes neglect assessing the safety and suitability of the inks we choose for packaging. However, safety, suitability and regulatory compliance should be major considerations when choosing an ink for direct (DFC) or indirect food contact (IFC).

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Thinking Inside the Box (or the Bottle, Bag, Lid or Wrapper…)

Thinking Inside the Box (or the Bottle, Bag, Lid or Wrapper…)

If you’re in the food and beverage business, chances are you’d like to say a lot more on your product’s packaging than the available space can accommodate. Yet the vast majority of packages on the market today aren’t taking advantage of a significant amount of promotional “real estate” that’s inside the packaging.

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Food Packaging Inks – Navigating a Complex Regulatory Landscape

Food Packaging Inks – Navigating a Complex Regulatory Landscape

Over the last few years, a consumer battle was launched and subsequently raged over straws. Yes, drinking straws. This battle was part of the larger ‘paper versus plastic’ war, which has carried on for decades.

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