Ink on foods
Have you ever picked up a piece of fruit or eggs at the grocery store that have numbers or letters stamped on them? Did you ever give much thought to the ink used and whether it was actually safe to be on your food? In the day when everyone is reading labels to determine what is actually in the food that they are eating, it is also important to pay attention to the ink used on our food and on the packaging that our food is contained in.
Food grade ink
Anything that is directly printed onto an edible item needs to be made of food grade ink. For the most part, food grade ink is made of food grade dye, water, glycol, and glycerin. Food grade dye can be made from synthetic ingredients or from natural ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. In order for the ink to be used, it also contains things such as thickening agents, stabilizers, and preservatives. When it comes to safety standards regarding food grade it does vary from country to country. This is why it is important that if you have a business such as a bakery that uses a large quantity of food grade ink, that you use a company that you can trust.
Uses of ink
There are many things that use food grade ink that you may not be necessarily aware of. The common uses are on fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. The ink can also be found in cereal, candies and gum, biscuits, pasta, and many other products. Food grade ink can also be used at home to create special cakes and cookies.