BASF offers innovative barrier solutions packaging industry
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BASF offers innovative barrier solutions for packaging industry

5:06 PM, 8th June 2011
BASF offers innovative barrier solutions for packaging industry

BASF offers a variety of barrier solutions for the packaging industry that demonstrate a high effectiveness in preventing mineral oil residues from migrating from cardboard food packaging into food. The solutions are for every type of packaging and manufacturing process.

 

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF offers a variety of barrier solutions for the packaging industry that demonstrate a high effectiveness in preventing mineral oil residues from migrating from cardboard food packaging into food. This has been confirmed through a series of studies conducted by the official Food Safety Authority of the Canton of Zurich on the BASF products Ultramid, Epotal A 816, Ecovio FS Paper and specially developed dispersions. Four different solutions are available for coating every type of food packaging, including paper, cardboard and film.

 

Analyses by the Swiss Authority show that the evaporated mineral oils consist of about 80 per cent paraffin and naphthene hydrocarbons and 15 to 20 per cent aromatic hydrocarbons. Studies revealed that paraffin and naphthene hydrocarbons are likely to damage the liver, lymph nodes and heart valves and aromatic hydrocarbons can cause cancer. “During the tests, cardboard, paper and films were coated with materials from BASF and results show that migration of mineral oil residues was considerably decelerated. The time measured were far beyond the sell-by dates of the food products normally packaged in such materials,” said Heiko Diehl, Member of Packaging Network Team, BASF.

 

Specially developed water-based acrylate dispersions are also available for paper and cardboard coatings. The Swiss scientists identified solvent-based ink components used in offset printing as the main source of mineral oils. BASF already offers the printing industry mineral oil-free water-based binders.

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