The New Food Labelling Regulations

Posted in Digital Label Manufacturer by Alison Wileman on 18:07 April 01st, 2014
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Change is afoot – act now, avoid penalties and make your transition easy.

The food labelling industry is bringing in some very important changes at the end of this year with another huge 27 amendments planned between that December 2014 and 2017. If you are in the food industry and haven’t done so already, now is definitely the time to review your packaging, especially where food labels are concerned.

The Main Changes

EU Regulation 1169/2011, also known as the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC) will come into force at the end of 2014. The main changes are as follows:

•Mandatory nutritional information on processed foods.
•Mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.
•The highlighting of food allergens e.g. peanuts, gluten or milk in the list of ingredients.
•Better legibility and readability of labels i.e. minimum size of text.
•Requirements on information on allergens in non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafes.

What does this mean to me?

While this new regulation may be great news for consumers who welcome more detailed information about what they are eating, it might not be quite the same case for many food manufacturers and producers out there. If you are using traditional print methods, and not digital labels, these changes could result in extra cost (origination, different variations, disposing of old label stock), extra time and in some cases monumental changes to your packaging. Converting your food labelling to digital is the ideal way to save on costs.

Why will digital labels help me?
Thanks to the capabilities of digital label printing, costly plate charges are not incurred when making changes to existing labels. It’s as simple as incorporating in new text or pictograms to existing artwork and then outputting the labels as usual. If you, however, need to add extra information on your label this might mean your existing packaging simply isn’t suitable. CS Labels can help with any advice needed.

Do you need more space on your labels?
If you are unable to practically fit the new information on your existing label, due to size / space constraints, then maybe it is time to get creative. The power of a digital peel and reveal label could be the perfect answer. Peel and Reveal Labels are a small booklet label, with up to five pages. Our clients find them a great solution to the new food regulations and we actually pioneered digitally printed peel and reveal labels a few years ago. The technology is the perfect opportunity to utilise this smart and attractive way of packaging your products.

For more information, or to ask us a question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.