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10 Most Common Labeling Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Avoid food label errors

Industrial-scale food producers manage potentially hundreds of individual labels per each product code, item code, SKU, or material items, which creates a headache for version control and maintenance. The complexity of managing so many labels leads to data errors and human errors. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the ten most common labeling mistakes food producers make are:

  1. The label is illegible or portions of the label are illegible.
  2. The label is incomplete in that not all required labeling features are provided.
  3. The label application form is incomplete.
  4. The formulation, processing procedure, or supporting documentation do not agree with information on the label.
  5. Product standards are not met.
  6. Product name is incorrect.
  7. Ingredients statement problems.
  8. Nutrition facts problems.
  9. Nutrient content claims are incomplete or do not comply with regulatory requirements.
  10. Undefined nutrient content claims are used, e.g., leaner, low carbohydrate, very low in fat.

How CAT Squared Makes Managing Labels Easier:

CAT Squared’s labeling software simplifies label management by consolidating many of our customers’ labels into a few standard templates. Once configured, the system can use one label template as a dynamic label, automatically pulling product data associated with that product code in the company’s database. CAT Squared also supports custom labels since many producers package for customers who require a specific design.

“Our customers use our labeling systems on all types of processes,” said Tyler Carroll, CAT Squared’s technical project manager. “Some labels are used on completely automated scale lines and others are used with auto print-and-apply stations. Aside from box-end labels, we print labels for pallets, materials, consumer unit price (UPC), etc. When combined with our Receiving Module, Production Control Module and Warehouse Management Module, our system ensures complete traceability by tracking the movement of all ingredients, supplies, and product inventory through the plant.”

For more information on labeling, click here to download FSIS’s datasheet on how to avoid ten common labeling mistakes.

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