Titanium Dioxide – Supply and Health Update

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a commonly used white  pigment used  in  a  wide variety of inks, coatings and paints among many other food, pharma and other commercial  applications.   In the last few years consumers of TiO2 have seen significant tumult in both market conditions and regulatory activity.   Recently, [read more at Ink World ]

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Supreme Court Decides Ink Cartridge Refilling Case

May 30, 2017 –  The US Supreme Court issued a decision this date Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.,  A case involving refilling and reselling ink/toner cartridges.  In the Court’s decision it was held that when the  holder of a patent sells a product that sale ends (exhausts) patent rights in the item being sold regardless of any restrictions the patent holders attempts to impose on the location of the sale. In other words, patent rights end after the sale of a product — for both  domestic sales  and international sales.

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Supreme Court  Ink Cartridge Refilling Case

Patent Rights  Case May 2017

 

 

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Safety for Ink Manufacturing Equipment

Safe design and operation of three roll mills and  vertical post  mixers are critically important issues for all ink manufacturers.   Visit these pages on the NAPIM Members  Resources website for more information.  Three Roll Mills;  Vertical  Post Mixers.

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OSHA eReporting July 1, 2017 Deadline to be Delayed

The Occupational Safety and  Health Administration has indicated that the upcoming eReporting for occupational illnesses/injuries may be  extended.   Read more in the OSHA Compliance page on the NAPIM Member Resources website.

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New EPA Administrator Confirmed

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA Administrator with a Senate vote of 52 to 46 last Friday, February 17, 2017.   U.S. Senate Committee Environment and  Public Works Press Release.

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NPIRI Bleaching White – Now Available

The spectrophotometrically controlled NPIRI Bleach White – X-1025 IT10 NPIRI Universal Bleaching White (containing by weight 60% zinc oxide and approximately 40% of hydrogenated methyl rosinate) specified in  ASTM D2066 -07(2012)  is available from Colorcon, No-Tox® Products 171 New Britain Boulevard Chalfont, PA 18914-1833, voice 1-800-724-0624, fax 267-695-7799 (http://www.colorcon.com/no-tox/index.html)
Bleaching White

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Mineral Oils: Exposure, Toxicity, etc. 2017

FYI, a new scientific study has recently been released that compares accumulation of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) in rats to humans; findings imply that current acceptable daily intake for MOSH may be set too high and current human exposure is underestimated.

Source: http://www.foodpackagingforum.org/news/mineral-oils-toxicity-exposure-possibly-underestimated

For more  information about printing inks and  mineral  oils  visit the  Food Packaging  Safety page on the NAPIM Members Resource website.

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EU Commission Asks Germany to Postpone Ink Ordinance

The EU Commissioner informed Germany that in 2018 the Commission intends to adopt new Union legislation on printed food contact materials, including printing inks and commonly printed materials such and paper and board.  Read more in the  NAPIM  Members Food Packaging  Safety page.

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OSHA Recordkeeping/Reporting – Anti-Retaliation Injunction Denied

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction filed against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s new Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Regulation.  Read more here  more information on the  NAPIM Members Resource website

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Print’s Role in Food Package Compliance – Free Webinar December 7, 2016

In this free webinar the authors (Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of LPC) of the recently completed PRIMIR mini-study, “North American Food Packaging Compliance: Impact on the Printing Industry .will discuss this important report. Highlights will include:

  • Migration of chemicals and its effect on food packaging
  • The impact of companies in the food packaging value chain’s role plays in the final packaged product
  • Food packaging regulations, trends and the impact on the printing/packaging industries
  • “Critical risks” and needs in order to provide real value in risk reduction to suppliers, converters and brand owners
  • And much more!

This information-packed webinar will include a 15-minute Q & A session moderated by PRIMIR study co-chairs: Deanna Klemesrud, Global Marketing Director-Brand & Promo, Flint Group and Tony Laurino, Marketing Research & Analytics, Sun Chemical Corporation.   Register now

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