Synthetic food labels withstand extreme conditions

By George Reynolds

- Last updated on GMT

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A synthetic paper, approved for use as labels in direct contact
with food, offers producers and packagers quality printing while
withstanding extreme conditions, its manufacturer claims.

Producers and packagers of food subjected to tough environments, such as frozen turkeys, are constantly looking for packaging alternatives that offer durability with improved presentation of products.

Valéron Strength Film's V-Max, made from recyclable high density polyethylene (HDPE), is UV resistant to prevent fading with outdoor use and can be used for product identification and inventory tags in temperatures between -70F (-57C) and +220F (+104C), the manufacturer claims.

The manufacturer claims the V-Max can be perforated, stapled and sewn, but resists tearing. The paper can be die cut, and because it is not mineral-filled, it does not fray like other synthetic products, claims Valéron.

V-Max coated and uncoated grades are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use as tag and label applications that have direct contact with dry cereals, aqueous and fatty foods categories, including acidic foods.

The smooth surface of the HDPE paper, which has been specially formulated to be less abrasive than competitive synthetics, provides superior printability for tags and labels, the manufacturer claims.

Optional clay coatings can be added to create a smoother surface for improved printability.

The paper surface can be printed using offset litho, flexography, gravure and screen printing and is available in coated and uncoated versions. V-Max is non-smearing, water resistant, and can be with good results, claims the manufacturer.

The matte surface option is suitable for bar-coding, delivering consistent ANSI-A bar code scans.

V-Max paper can be supplied pre-printed or blank for print-on-demand applications.

Valéron Strength Films is a global manufacturer of cross-laminated strength and specialty films, with operations in the US and Belgium.

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