The application possibilities Print Service Providers (PSPs) can deliver using Ricoh colour sheetfed presses, in conjunction with Ricoh’s own developed Pro™ Print toners, have been significantly expanded following Smithers Pira’s food safety endorsement.
After completing a rigorous testing process, Ricoh’s own developed toners have been awarded a Smithers Pira Certificate of Conformity assuring EU food packaging legislation compliance. It applies to the Ricoh Pro™ C9200, Ricoh Pro™ C9100, Ricoh Pro™ C7200 and Ricoh Pro™ C7100 sheet fed digital colour Series (both four and five colour models).
“This certification will give PSPs, and their clients, peace of mind when using the Ricoh Pro C9200, Ricoh Pro C9100, Ricoh Pro C7200 and Ricoh Pro C7100 colour sheet fed presses for food related packaging applications,” says Eef De Ridder, Vice President of Commercial Printing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “It supports our continuous drive to ensure PSPs are always in the best position possible to move into new sectors or embrace growing markets.”
Smithers Pira completed the migration testing and set-off tests on polypropylene 30 micron film that were applied with self-adhesive labels printed using Ricoh’s toner technology.
Smithers Pira reported that no significant migration or set-off was observed into Tenax, 95% ethanol or isooctane food simulants under the test conditions. A risk assessment was carried out for Non Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) associated with the toners and found to be in compliance.
Ricoh’s Pro Print CMYK (plus white and clear for the five colour Pro C7200x and Pro C7100x models) toners were found to comply with EU and FDA legislation for food packaging intended for all food types when used behind a functional barrier.