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Research: Label adhesives can migrate and contaminate food inside a package

Spanish research team bases finding on studies of four acrylic adhesives and 11 compounds found in them.

The right components are critical to any great package, but it’s just as critical for creative teams to do some investigative work upfront to learn how different package elements interact. The results potentially could be disastrous for a brand.

A new report in the journal Chemical Science underscores that point with the finding that some chemicals found in adhesives on food labels can penetrate through the package and contaminate the food. That finding comes from a Spanish research team led by Cristina Nerín at the University of Zaragoza.

The research team studied compounds in acrylic adhesives and determined that some chemicals can migrate through the packaging, thereby potentially contaminating the food.

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