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Metals in Ink
There is currently a renewed interest in the environmental impact and safety of a whole range of manufactured materials including printing inks. The recent media attention concerning the detection of toxic metals in pigmented coatings (paints and inks) applied to imported products has led to a plethora of published information as well as posted information on a variety of internet sites. In many instances this information is incorrect, inaccurate or misleading as there is a tendency to make generalizations about metals of all types. The objective of this report is to provide current and accurate information regarding the origins, presence and usage of metals in printing inks currently manufactured in the United States.