The labelling of food items is important. It’s not only a legal requirement for food manufacturers to throw it on their food items, but it also helps consumers themselves make more informed purchasing decisions. It also helps them avoid wasting the food and having it spoil.

It doesn’t matter if you are supplying grocery stores or restaurants, the requirements don’t change. Because of this, you need to comprehend why labelling for food items is so crucial. This blog will teach you all you need to know about food labelling so you’ll know all your facts right before reaching out to a commercial label printing company.

What Are The Requirements?

When you produce food, you are legally obligated to properly and accurately label every product you sell. If you don’t do so, you can face very serious consequences. Regulators can deem you non-compliant with the rules and they would provide you with an improvement notice. This would tell you exactly what you are doing wrong, what rules you’ve broken, and some of the steps you need to take to reach compliance.

You will only be allowed to continue to produce and sell food after you’ve shown that you’ve made the requisite changes and have received an improvement notice. However, you do need to do everything to bring your business back into compliance within a given timeframe. Otherwise, you would be putting yourself at risk of facing further discipline and prosecution.

This particular course has been fully designed by experts in the food industry. The course is specifically designed to ensure food manufacturers fully comprehend not only how to label their food, but also how to do it properly to meet laws and regulations. It’s appropriate for every type of food producer that packages food for sale to the end consumer.

If you are pre-packaging food, it must include the following on it:

  • The food’s name. This has to showcase and accurately describe what you are selling. It cannot be misleading or false.
  • A full list of the ingredients is included in the item. You need to have all of the ingredients in descending order based on weight.
  • The full percentage of the ingredients included in the food product. If you have a particular ingredient in it that you are emphasising, you’ll need to specifically state how much of that ingredient is in it. For instance, if you are selling Chicken Burgers, you’ll need to specify how much chicken there is. This is a similar requirement if you are highlighting any of the ingredients with some type of graphic. For instance, if you are selling yoghurt with strawberry flavour and you have a picture of a cartoon strawberry, you’ll need to distinguish it so it’s not confusing.
  • All of the instructions for consuming the product. You’ll need to include everything from the preparation instructions to the cooking instructions. Everything will need to be detailed including the cooking equipment, temperature, and cooking time.
  • Add “best before” dates. You need to add whatever dates are relevant to your product. You want to add these dates to your product because it’s going to make it easier for consumers to not only store your food but to use it safely without worrying about eating expired food.
  • Any storage instructions are needed. If your food requires specific storage instructions like “store in a cool and dry place,” you’ll need to include it. This will help them keep the food fresh and lasting longer.
  • Include all contact details. You have to include the country of operation for your business, the name of it, and a contact address.
  • You need to include the country of origin. You cannot say your food was manufactured in a particular place if it was sourced elsewhere. For instance, if you are using tuna that was caught in Canada and shipped to the United Kingdom, you cannot claim it to be local British tuna.

For more informational material on some of the legal requirements for the packaging of food in the UK, you can look at our detailed article on the Food Labelling Regulations in 2018.