If you sell or provide food, you’ll know about your responsibilities when it comes to food labelling.
From December 2014, EU FIC regulations stipulate that you must provide allergen ingredients information in a clear and consistent way, so that consumers can make safer food choices.
These regulations now also apply to ‘loose foods’ such as those found in delis, farm shops, buffet tables and restaurant food bars.
So how do you label yours?
Black marker pen on a white card that’s then wiped off? Pieces of paper? Hidden on list in a book behind the counter?
A Price Tag Printer prints professional, attractive price tags for display with your food and drink products. The cards are easy to clean, resistant to cold and moisture and meet the requirements of the food processing industry.
Clearly label the allergens
As well as giving a great brand image, they also allow you to clearly label the product, ingredients and any allergen ingredients easily on the front of the card. Simply select the required icons from the software, and print them on the card.
The problems with doing it ‘the old way’
Paper tickets on spikes can look unhygienic next to loose food, even when they’re in a plastic container – not to mention unprofessional.
Using pen on plastic card is not great with respect to food contact regulations, and you’re relying on the person’s handwriting being legible (and there being no spelling mistakes).
If you just have a list for the staff to refer to behind the counter, you’re not giving consumers the ability to safely make the right choice. You’re also relying on them asking for the information, which can result in a lost sale.
None of these convey a good brand image either, or inspire consumer confidence.
But the main issue is that they are all open to human error. If one of your staff gets it wrong for whatever reason, the results could be catastrophic.
By printing your tags through a price tag printer, you remove that risk. You import product information onto your cards straight from your MS Excel file (products, prices etc) giving you control over the process.
A reminder of the 14 allergens
The following should be clearly labelled:
- Crustaceans (for example crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn)
- Molluscs (for example mussels, oysters, squid)
- Tree Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia or Queensland nuts)
- Sesame seeds
- Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
- Celery and celeriac
- Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than ten parts per million).
Printing information-rich price tags doesn’t just make it easier for your customers and convey a more professional image, they also ensure your business is meeting its regulatory requirements.
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