allergen labeling

Lifesaving labels: How to ease compliance with allergen labeling requirements

Nigel Street Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

Operating in one of the more heavily regulated industries, food and beverage manufacturers and distributors of all sizes have a lot to think about right now in terms of existing, new, and emerging regulatory requirements. While these regulations add complexity to food manufacturers’ labeling and packaging processes, they are critically important. After all, just one misstep in labeling can have …

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GS1 Standards maximize food supply chain traceability

Sandy Borchert Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

Food and beverage manufacturers are competing in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging environment. In one of our previous blog posts, we examined why the food and beverage industry needs barcodes. Although standards and regulations have evolved over time when it comes to food labeling, compliant labeling is important now more than ever before. The pandemic has caused shoppers to become …

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

Ken Moir Food and beverage Leave a Comment

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

Lee Patty Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

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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Recalls are too common: digitized labeling can help

Lee Patty Food and beverage Leave a Comment

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, …

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Another day, another recall: Prevention begins with the label

Lee Patty Food and beverage, Industry news Leave a Comment

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 safety; it starts with the label

Ken Moir Food and beverage 1 Comment

The correct labeling of food in terms of nutritional information and allergens is critical for the food and beverage industry, not just in ensuring manufacturers and retailers comply with relevant guidelines and legislation, but also in ensuring the safety of consumers. The European Union Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) that came into effect at the end of 2014 …

Food Traceability

Barcodes for food traceability

Marko Vrbnjak Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

The first ever commercial barcode was used on a Wrigley’s Chewing Gum pack in 1974 and since then, barcodes have played an important role in the food industry. The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a critical factor in determining the traceability of any product. In the food industry, traceability of a food item is taken very seriously as it can …