Coding and marking specialist makes the grade with BRC standard

MARKEM-Imaje has confirmed the business has this week received the BRC Global Standard (BRCGS) Grade A Packaging Materials Certification.

The certification was obtained by the firm’s manufacturing site for Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) inks in Bourg-Lès-Valence, France. This confirms the site meets the leading standards for manufacturing practice set out by the BRCGS and follows an assessment by a third-party certification body.

The certification is a globally recognised benchmark designed to reassure consumers that products are safe, legally compliant, and of high quality. Recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), it helps food producers to build consumer and partner trust throughout the supply chain.

Markem-Imaje added that the BRCGS provides a ‘robust framework’ based on processes used by quality management systems which are supported by a hazard and risk assessment analysis approach (HACCP) and the implementation of hygiene requirements.

The certification was delivered to the CIJ manufacturing site and covers inks and additives for inkjet printers for coding and marking with direct or indirect food contact; and inks and additives for marking on primary and secondary packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and other markets.

Mark Rapposelli, VP product development and engineering at Markem-Imaje, said, “The BRC standard is one of most ambitious certifications applicable to the production process for marking and coding inks and our goal now is to implement this at all our ink manufacturing sites. We are very proud of this certification which is a recognition of the hard work and commitment of our Bourg-Lès-Valence team.

“We will continue with our Drop-on-Demand inks that are manufactured in Keene, US. This certification comes at the perfect time as we welcome customers to our booth at ALL4Pack in Paris. Unlike other marking and coding suppliers, it proves both to our customers and the market our commitment to food safety and compliance of marking & coding inks.

“During the last year consumer behaviours have been shifting significantly, especially those related to food safety. Food fraud, hygiene, product safety and improved supply chain transparency and coherence have rightly emerged as important points of concern. It is becoming more important than ever for MI to follow BRCGS standard rules. Equally important, we need to communicate effectively that we comply with these rules.”