FoodSafe Coatings

FoodSafe is now GOLD

FoodSafe coatings form the basis to produce legally compliant food packaging. They are formulated from a defined and tested raw material matrix that has been evaluated according to the criteria of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, category Material Health. As a result, the entire FoodSafe range has been awarded a Gold level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. FoodSafe is our portfolio of water-based coatings for direct food contact, at least to dry and fat-containing foodstuffs.

Coatings for legally compliant food packaging

FoodSafe coatings have a low potential for migration and do not contain undesirable constitutional components such as mineral oils (MOSH, MOAH), heavy metals or phthalates. They are compliant with the framework regulation EU No. 1935/2004 and the Plastics Directive EU No. 10/2011 (PIM). They also correspond to the Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21) as well as to the Good Manufacturing Practice Regulation (EC) No. 2023/2006.

A new approach for more safety and flexibility

This new approach of certification offers our customers many advantages. The fact that all ingredients used in the FoodSafe portfolio have been defined, evaluated and verified means a high level of safety. It also creates valuable flexibility, as new products can be developed from the matrix or products can be adapted to customer requirements without automatically losing the FoodSafe status. This eliminates the need to go through a lengthy external certification process again. In addition, ACTEGA ensures instrumental-analytical monitoring of the raw material portfolio as well as continuous migration tests for the coating series.

With FoodSafe, we offer our customers highest coating quality."

Dr. Hans-Michael Lenz

Head of QC, Environment and Product Safety

Product brochure

Find out more about the FoodSafe coating portfolio and download our product brochure.


One valuable building block in optimizing material health for products on the pathway to Cradle to Cradle is the Material Health Certification.

The identification of suitable materials or chemicals for products on the basis of human and ecotoxicological criteria is the foundation of a Material Health Certification. This includes the definition of the ingredients used in a product. The status quo forms the starting point for a redesign or the development of a new product concept. Based on an ABC-X categorization, all ingredients are evaluated and, if necessary, subsequently optimized.

A total of four certification levels for material health can be awarded to companies. In addition to compliance with strict evaluation criteria for all product components and ingredients, there are further demanding requirements at the different certification levels:

  • The product does not contain any Banned List chemicals above the relevant thresholds. This prevents dangerous substances from accumulating in the biosphere and leading to irreversible negative effects on human health. Also excluded are substances which have hazardous properties in relation to their manufacture, use and disposal.
  • The evaluated materials are free from carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxic substances.
  • All requirements described in the standard for emission testing of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are met.

Do you want to receive more information? Here, you can discover our white paper.