Printech Archive, April, 2000
Re: Newsprint Toxicity

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From: Sundar Rajaram (
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 12:32:21 CDT

Dear Mr. Greg and et. al: You are correct, the offset newspapers never
dries. You can pick up a 100 year old paper and still ink has rub off.
Unlike offset, Flexo newspaper inks won't have ink rub off.

Quick synopsis of how third world countries like India (Where i come from),
Bangladesh, Pakistan works: If you buy fruits or vegetables, it products
will be wrapped in an old newspaper. To my knowledge you are correct it is
not healthy. Same time I don't know of anyone who died because of this
either. Better not to use it.



sundar rajaram
assistant professor
Texas A&M University-Commerce
>From: "Johnson, Greg" <>
>To: "''" <>
>Subject: Re: Newsprint toxicity
>Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 10:04:52 -0500
>I think you might run into a problem here. The ink used in newspapers is
>FDA approved. Plus if you read the paper, when you get done grab a paper
>towel and rub your fingers on it. Look at all the ink residual that is left
>on your hands. Would you want this on your food.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: []
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 9:05 AM
> > To: Subject: newprint
> >
> > Dear Printech,
> > I recieved a request from someone working on a Foo-A-Syst program,
> > wanting to know if newprint could be used to wrap fruit for storage
> > and transport to market by small produces. Would there be any
> > toxicity issues with the ink used for newsprinting on the fruit?
> > any information would be helpful.
> > Sherry Davis
> >
> > Sherry J. Davis, CHMM
> > Industrial P2 Specialist
> > 133 Ward Hall,KSU
> > Manhattan, KS 66506-2508
> > Fax: 785-532-6952
> > Phone: 1-800-578-8898

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