NAPIM Food Packaging Committee Comments on Cal Lead(Pb) Proposed Rule

State of California – Health and Safety Code (HSC) §110552 Petition Requesting Adoption of Regulations Setting a “Naturally Occurring” Lead Level in Candy Containing Chili and Tamarind.   This proposal seeks to implement a 0.1 ppm lead (Pb) limit in food packaging/wrappers.   These comments are available in the Food Packaging Safety area of the NAPIM members website.

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OSHA Proposes Date for eReporting Requirement

On  June  27,  2017 OSHA  proposed a delay in this electronic reporting compliance date from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.   For  more  information on  this  regulation visit  the  OSHA  page  on  the NAPIM Member Resource  website.


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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 (
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.


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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