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The future of food labeling: What’s ahead in 2021

Ken Moir Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

2020 was a wild year for food manufacturers and supply chains worldwide, and at the epicenter of many of this year’s challenges was one unassuming, yet vital element to streamlining operations and ensuring success: the label. Like many years, 2020 saw countless recalls due to mislabeled allergens, but we also experienced many new and emerging issues that were entirely unexpected. …

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Sustainable products need sustainable labeling

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Across all sectors, products are being designed with sustainability in mind, with many organizations under pressure from consumer buying habits and industry regulations to become more sustainable. Regardless of whether it’s in packaging or the supply chain, extra waste is becoming less tolerated. Errors in labeling often result in the scrapping of otherwise sellable perishable goods, creating waste and impacting …

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Food labeling in the midst of a pandemic: Addressing the need for safety without compromising speed to market

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed business as we know it in so many ways. In the food industry for example, manufacturers, restaurants and retailers have had to rapidly shift how they supply food to consumers. Changes have been implemented in the interest of safety, but the result has been supply chain bottlenecks that cause delays in getting food to it’s …

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From crisis to beyond: Streamlining the dairy supply chain with modern labeling

Lee Patty Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

2020 has been challenging for dairy, and labeling is partly to blame. While the world has been gripped with a pandemic, US dairy recalls reached the highest since 2018’s end-of-year and critically, one-third of those recalls were a result of mislabeled products with undeclared allergens (Stericycle Expert Solutions). Recalls of Shamrock Farms’ Milk,  7-Eleven’s yogurt covered pretzels and Ritz’s Cheese …

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Solving the labeling crisis: The case for a cloud-based approach

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It’s been a hectic year for food and beverage industry labeling. Several brands have issued mislabeled allergen-based food, and while labeling should be helpful instead of a barrier to consumer safety and speed to market, it clearly has problems. One culprit in the current labeling crisis is outdated labeling processes, which are all too common. Some of these methods include …

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Disorganized labeling is a chilling epidemic: The cure is digitization and modernization

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New technology, government regulations and shifting consumer demands for more choice, convenience, healthy ingredients and transparency are making cold chains – and all food supply chains – increasingly complex. This is especially true when it comes to labeling. Unfortunately, label design and creation are often relegated to a background operation, and many businesses are still using dated and disparate systems. …

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Recalls are too common: digitized labeling can help

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This year alone, the FDA has already recorded over 1,600 food/cosmetic recalls identified as Class 1 or Class 2 – meaning consumption of the product can lead to anything from temporary or reversible adverse health consequences to death. And more than one third of these recalls are still ongoing. Yikes! Though some of these products were recalled due to contamination, …

Reducing errors and improving compliance in food labeling

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls almost one hundred million units of food every quarter. Prepared foods are the most recalled category at 21.7%, and although most of these recalls are down to contamination, mislabeling is also a significant contributing factor. Mislabeling recalls can be for a number of reasons. One recent example involves an undeclared allergen in ready-to-eat …

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Another day, another recall: Prevention begins with the label

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Ensuring food safety is critical for not only consumer protection, but also reducing financial and reputational damage to a brand. And when creating labels, companies must ensure customer safety as efficiently as possible and remain agile enough to deal with changes while complying with current legislation. For instance, recent government efforts include new nutrition facts guidelines that will require compliance …

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Food labeling transparency

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The issue of allergens labeling is a contentious one, and something that has been highlighted in the media following a series of high-profile incidents. While keeping consumers safe from harm is a top priority, is enough being done to ensure businesses, even independent retailers and smaller producers, are following the right guidelines? And are these guidelines enough? Currently loose items …