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31.12.2015 - FOODBOARD™, Barriers

The intensively discussed subject of mineral oil has been solved on an industrial scale based on MMK‘s own research and innovation: With FOODBOARD™, Mayr-Melnhof Karton has developed a new generation of cartonboard which ensures the highest level of product safety. The first food, packed in FOODBOARD™, is already on the shelves, helping to ensure consumer confidence on a lasting basis.

FOODBOARD™ is available on an industrial scale 
The new cartonboard grade is a protected internal development from Mayr-Melnhof Karton with an innovative barrier concept as the core component. FOODBOARD™ is a pure cartonboard solution and is produced with a brown reverse side (GT4), or a bright reverse side (GT1) inline on the board machine at the Frohnleiten mill in Austria. The annual available capacity of this safe food packaging cartonboard is about 300,000 tonnes.

FOODBOARD™ stands for product safety
FOODBOARD™ shields packed food against the migration of defined unintended substances such as mineral oils. The barrier provides comprehensive protection against influences from printing inks and the environment, which can compromise the packed food during transportation, storage and when presented on the shelf. Thanks to the FOODBOARD™ app a continuous traceability of the packaging on the shelf covering the entire production process is enabled. FOODBOARD™ protects reliably against cross-contamination, and it means transparency in the supply chain.

FOODBOARD™ preserves product quality
Since the end of 2011, in close collaboration with leading international consumer goods producers, extensive long-term real-life tests (up to 36 months) have been carried out in a wide variety of food segments like cereals, chocolate, pasta, tea, bakery products, fast food or rice. The results of more than 15,000 internal and external migration analyses confirm conclusively the effectiveness of the functional barrier. The real-life tests of FOODBOARD™ demonstrated excellent printing and converting results as well as the highest packing line performance. The knowledge gained from the real-life tests has been summarised in a Converting Guideline. Laboratory analyses and test series of our customers confirm a longer shelf-life for certain packed foods, top protection from organoleptic influences as well as slightly grease resistant attributes. FOODBOARD™ reliably preserves the quality of the packed foods. 

FOODBOARD protects your food from mineral oils

FOODBOARD™ ensures consumer confidence
FOODBOARD™ complies with the current European regulations and laws for direct and indirect food contact. Leading European institutes have issued relevant declarations of food conformity and reinforced that FOODBOARD™ meets the latest published statutory requirements of a possible “mineral oil regulation” from the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Furthermore these external analyses based on the EU convention prove that by the use of FOODBOARD™ no migration of MOAH into food above the detection limit 0.15 mg/kg exists. However, the market is also demanding a migration barrier independently of any statutory regulation in order to maintain consumer confidence and avoid product complaints.  The subject of mineral oil migration has been re- peatedly seized upon in the media, most recently in the middle of February 2016 by the WDR consumer magazine “markt“. The continual information is arousing the attention of consumers who are now demanding a solution. With the optional use of the FOODBOARD™ logo on their packaging, food producers can send a clear signal of their commitment with regard to product safety, thereby strengthening consumer confidence and informing authorities of the functional barrier on supermarket shelves. The market launch of FOODBOARD™ is a ground-breaking event with impressive potential for the future, above all in view of the fact that new requirements to protect against the migration of unintended substances in the field of food packaging are being continually added. FOODBOARD™ already offers optimum protection against the migration of certain defined, unintended substances, and ensures that food manufacturers are well equipped to face the challenges of the future. 

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FOODBOARD™ can be found here:



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