Thursday, 5 June 2014

EU Food Allergen Labelling - Don't get caught out!

EU Directive 1169/2011 comes into force from the 13th December 2014 and will require all food manufacturers to change the way that information is displayed on ingredients labels by highlighting allergens, either in bold or by some other method.

Does this legislation affect your company? If so, is your current label printing method capable of producing labels that are compliant with these regulations?

To meet the strict requirements, both your label printing software and printers may need to be updated. Barcode-IT can provide you with the tools to print the new food allergen labels and our understanding of the requirements will ensure that the transition runs smoothly.
Label Sample


How can you ensure your labels comply?
Under the new guidelines, allergens must be highlighted within the labels by emboldening, underlining, making italic or printing allergens in colour. However, unless you create a specific label for each product, which is very time consuming, highlighting the appropriate allergen within the variable data can be difficult to achieve. Many existing label printing solutions are not capable of automatically highlighting allergens and require expensive coding to be written to enable this feature.


Additionally, the new guidelines state that text must be of a certain font size to comply. In order to fit all the information on the label, many businesses will need to upgrade their printers to 300dpi models, in order to be able to print high quality text on the labels.
NiceLabel connects to your existing product data. It can highlight allergen ingredients without the need to modify your existing product database. Simply add a table with the list of allergens and NiceLabel automatically formats the ingredients list. There is one universal template for all products and one simple print for with database and label preview.

About EU Directive 1169/2011   Scope of the new regulation:
  •  Mandatory nutrition information on processed foods
  •  Mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry
  •  Highlighting allergens, e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients
  •  Better legibility, i.e. minimum size of text
  •  Requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods such as those sold in restaurants and cafes 
The 14 substances and products that cause allergies or intolerances are:
Celery                        Crustaceans              Eggs                  Fish
Lupin                          Milk                             Molluscs            Mustard
Peanuts                    
Nuts                            Soy Beans        Sesames Seeds
Sulphur dioxide and sulphites


NiceLabel Design & Print Software from Barcode-IT
NiceLabel label design and print software can help you to comply with these new regulations, with minimum setup and maintenance.


To download labels and form samples, click [here].  Call 01200 441977 for more details.

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