When choosing labels for foodstuffs, selecting products that comply with EU food safety and consumer information regulations is of utmost importance. If you think any label and adhesive will do, think again. By choosing only compliant, food-safe labeling materials, you avoid putting consumers – not to mention the reputation of your brand and customers – at risk.
Our responsibility for consumer safety
As a leading producer of food labeling solutions, we’re committed to consumer safety. We have an extensive selection of innovative label materials that comply fully with the overall framework regulation EC 1935/2004. Our materials are also supported by documentation that demonstrates proof of compliance and approvals, including Declarations of Compliance. We also operate in accordance with EU 2023/2006 Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) on Food Contact Materials. All our production units in Europe have a food safety management system that complies with the ISO 22000 food safety standard.
How to ensure your food labels are compliant
On top of food safety regulations, from December 2016 food packaging must also comply with EU Regulation 1169/2011, which ensures consumers have complete, accurate, and highly legible information on food products. This regulation makes nutritional information mandatory, including serving size, calories, typical consumption quantities, daily percentage of nutrients, as well as the presence of salts, sugars, fats, sweeteners, colors, flavorings, and other substances.
With so many requirements, it can be hard to keep up, but here are a few pointers to help you choose safe, compliant labels:
- Ask for a Declaration of Compliance (DOC) from your label material vendor.
- Choose partners who can demonstrate GMP in the food supply chain and who can prove compliance.
- Think carefully about your label design. The requirements for more information on labels do not necessarily mean there’s less space for branding. Labeling innovations like Peel & Read offer new opportunities for brand differentiation.