Driving forward the focus on food safe packaging

There is an increasing demand for safe, secure and sustainable packaging driven by heightened awareness on food safety and health. Rising legislations are influencing food safe packaging development, design and materials in use. Moreover, globalization of food networks further emphasizes the need for transparency and traceability along the food and packaging value chain.

We have often called adhesives “the forgotten layer” as they have been perceived as a relatively small piece in the total packaging compared to inks, boards and foils that have been more under the public eye for meeting safety standards in food packaging. While in Europe there are no specific legislations for adhesives in food contact, there are legislations valid to adhesives, and hence part and parcel of ensuring food safe packaging.

At Henkel, we are aware of the necessity of adhesive solutions for food safe packaging and have made this our guiding principle. With the launch of our Food Safe Packaging Initiative, we continue to drive forward our focus on this ever-important topic.

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Transparency, clean processing, brand protection, food safety: Watch our video to learn more about the key objectives of our Food Safe Packaging Initiative (00:59 min)

Our Mission

Protecting brands and consumers is at the heart of our packaging adhesives business.

With the Food Safe Packaging Initiative, we take a closer look at adhesive-related aspects of food packaging and invite collaborators along the food packaging value chain to an open dialogue striving to constantly improve safety and sustainability of packaging for the industry.

Our ambition is to be ahead of regulatory developments, markets and media. We aim to provide a new level of food safe packaging adhesives – committed to protecting brands and consumers, now and in the future.

Our Offer

For Henkel, our commitment to transparency includes broadening communication on food safe packaging to address a wider range of stakeholders – from experts like packaging developers and food safety managers to generalists like plant managers, brand owners, retailers – and even consumers. It means sharing adhesive expertise right from development phase of packaging, through to running safe processes during packaging operations to ultimately having the right documentation to prove safety to customers.

We provide a comprehensive package of food safe adhesive solutions and services. Learn more about our offer:

  • Use Safe Materials
  • Run Safe Processes
  • Prove Your Safety

Moreover, we put particular attention on the topic of practical training and education in order to further expand the knowledge about adhesives within the industry:

  • Food Safety Training Center
Use Safe Materials

Henkel is committed to share its adhesive expertise with converters, packaging developers and food safety experts right from the development phase of packaging. Because each packaging component is a complex field of knowledge, intense collaboration and exchange is needed e.g. on what is the final packaging composition, what kind of food is packed, or what needs to be considered in terms of ambient temperature. We understand our task for customers is to provide clarity and transparency with regard to adhesives and coatings selection from a legislative standpoint, and to find the right solution in our food safe packaging portfolio to fulfill these requirements. Food safe solutions in this sense mean minimizing the risk of undesired substances migrating from packaging into the foodstuff.

Our solutions include:

  • Adhesives for paper converting
  • Adhesives for end of line packaging
  • Label adhesives
  • Adhesives & coatings for flexible packaging

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Run Safe Processes

Running safe processes is the next step in the value chain ensuring a food safe packaging solution is in place. For the adhesive-related aspects in packaging materials and food manufacture, production managers and line operators benefit from the know-how of our expert teams so that risks along the packaging line are eliminated. Through our technical on-site support we offer:

  • Best practice guidance & troubleshooting at the machines
  • Technical audits & guided trials
  • Expert trainings & interface to Henkel’s in-house analytics

Learn more on how to run safe processes

Prove Your Safety

At Henkel, we have a unique triple safety evaluation competence to help our customers in their risk assessment for packaging. Henkel’s commitment means providing the necessary clarity on the ingredients of adhesive solutions, so that risk assessment can be performed most adequately and efficiently. Our triple safety evaluation competence encompasses:

  • Supplier information assessment
  • Analytical assessment
  • Toxicological assessment

The result of all our assessments is included in our food contact statements that contain detailed explanations of compliance with underlying legislations, a clear communication on migration test conditions as well as additional information on adhesive components.

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Food Safety Training Center

Integral to Henkel’s commitment of knowledge sharing is our Food Safety Training Center, in which we offer comprehensive know-how on key food safety topics provided by our adhesive experts. Make use of the many opportunities to broaden your expertise on food safe packaging:

  • Interactive live webinars
  • E-learning sessions
  • Certified academy courses
  • Packaging glossary

Explore our Food Safety Training Center

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