Multi Packaging Solutions Bristol is the first company to declare compliance with BPIF Labels’ GMP standard for food and drink packaging labels. 

The good manufacturing practice (GMP) provides guidance to help minimise any risks of migration, taint and odour changes and any product contamination. MPS Bristol moved to low migration LM inks for all its products over two years ago.

‘The issue of low migration inks that offer low odour and taint is becoming an important factor in the production of labels and packaging for the food and drink markets,’ said John Bambery, chairman of BPIF Labels. ‘MPS’s strategies in identifying this important niche is to be welcomed and we hope that this initiative will kick start a concerted industry wide response. Once the key requirements of the guidelines have been met, companies may issue a self-declared compliance statement for the manufacturing of food and drink related labels. These companies will be listed on the BPIF Labels website and are allowed to use the BPIF Labels compliance seal.’

‘Our move to using only low migration inks involved changing our ink stocks, conducting trials and completing profiling tests, said Andy Walter, MPS Bristol’s managing director. ‘This [new] initiative provides an extra layer of security for our customers whilst complementing the site’s BRC hygiene accreditation.’

The GMP guidelines are intended to establish procedures that minimise any potential for the migration of undesirable chemicals into food products that can result from using certain types of packaging raw materials. A number of products known to be sensitive such as high-fat content foods are typical of the goods which use self-adhesive labels. Testing had been conducted in accordance with the guidelines set out in the BPIF Labels GMP.