ACTEGA Food Safe Product Range Awarded Gold-Level Health Certification

ACTEGA, Wesel, Germany, a manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds for the print and packaging industry, has announced that all ingredients in the company’s FoodSafe¹ range raw material matrix have been assessed against the criteria of the Material Health category in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. As a result, the entire FoodSafe series was awarded the Gold level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

This certification provides customers with further confidence in the safety of ACTEGA’s complete FoodSafe portfolio. This additional assurance enables users to not only produce legally compliant food packaging but offer brands packaging solutions that adhere to the highest material health requirements for coatings.

The certification also allows ACTEGA to develop new products or adapt existing ones to customer requirements from the tested raw material matrix, without automatically losing the FoodSafe Gold status. This affords ACTEGA much greater flexibility to meet its customers’ evolving needs whilst ensuring its commitment to sustainability and consumer safety is not compromised.

In addition to compliance with strict evaluation criteria for all product components and ingredients, there are additional requirements to be mentioned. These include ensuring the product does not contain any “Banned List” chemicals² above the relevant thresholds and that the evaluated materials are free from carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants. All requirements described in the “standard for emission testing of volatile organic compounds (VOC)” must also be met.

1. FoodSafe coatings are water-based coatings for the direct food contact, as a minimum to dry and fat-including foodstuffs. They have a low potential for migration and do not contain undesirable constitutional components such as mineral oils (MOSH, MOAH), heavy metals or phthalates. They are compliant with the framework regulation EU No. 1935/2004 and the Plastics Directive EU No. 10/2011 (PIM). They also correspond to the Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21) as well as to the Good Manufacturing Practice Regulation (EC) No. 2023/2006.

2. Control of “Banned List” chemicals helps to prevent dangerous substances from accumulating in the biosphere and leading to irreversible negative effects on human health. Also excluded are substances that have hazardous properties in relation to their manufacture, use and disposal.

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