Printing & Packaging Industry

In the Printing industry, Shellac is used as a binder for inks, including edible and flexographic inks, and is also used for photographic applications.

In the Packaging industry, Shellac is used as a water-resistant coating for packaging coming into direct contact with food, such as paper bags, plastic films and aluminium foil.

In the Paper industry, Shellac is used as a protective paper varnish, for example coating playing cards.

In Switzerland, Shellac is included in the list of permitted substances for the production of packaging inks. It is listed under binders (monomers) in Part A, which contains evaluated substances intended to be used in the manufacture of food contact materials [Annex 10 of the Ordinance of the FDHA on materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs].

In the US, Shellac is included in the FDA’s list of resinous and polymeric coatings that “may be safely used as the food-contact surface of articles intended for use in producing, manufacturing, packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting, or holding food” (21CFR175.300). Shellac is also included in the list of adhesives that “may be safely used as components of articles intended for use in packaging, transporting, or holding food” (21CFR175.105). Furthermore, it “may be safely used as a component of the uncoated or coated food-contact surface of paper and paperboard intended for use in producing, manufacturing, packaging, processing, preparing, treating, packing, transporting, or holding aqueous and fatty foods” (21CFR176.170). Finally, purified food grade Shellac is included in the list of diluents in colour additive mixtures for marking food, namely “inks for marking food supplements in tablet form, gum, and confectionery” (21CFR73.1).

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