There are a lot of rules and regulations for food labels. It is important that consumers know what they are buying and can avoid food items that may contain allergens or other dietary restrictions.
However, there are is also a lot of ambiguity, unclear, and inconsistent rules which can lead to misleading labeling practices.
Food Watch International, a non-profit campaigning organization that fights for safe, healthy, and affordable food for all people, has a goal to establish clear legal requirements for understandable product information.
The more you can adhere to these standards, the better your labels will be.
Avoid misleading labeling by following these steps:
Here are the basics of their 15-point plan. You can read their full article here.
#1. Objective product information on the front of the package
#2. Easy-to-read mandatory information
#3. Realistic product illustrations and names
#4. Comprehensive origin labeling
#5. Understandable and legible nutrition information
#6. Understandable declaration of food additives and flavorings – no misleading “clean labels”
#7. Transparency regarding the use of ingredients of animal origin
#8. Loophole-free labeling requirements for genetically modified plants and animals
#9. Transparency regarding production methods and imitation products
#10. Labeling of alcohol content resulting from production processes
#11. Transparency regarding fill levels
#12. Marketing ban for unhealthy children’s food
#13. No more misleading nutrition and health claims
#14. No more misleading food names
#15. Expanding right of action and rights of information for consumer organizations
Note: PaladinID is not an advocate for labeling regulations. However, we can help you create a labeling process that can save you time and money with the best supplies. We can automate your labeling, install software that makes it easy to change variable data, and basically give you peace of mind.
Contact us today for an evaluation of your labeling process.
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