Here at RGS Labels we realise that the marketing of a packaged product is challenging. Making sure your product stands out on the shelf is key to its success, equally regularly updating and changing your design can also keep your product to the top of the consumers shopping list. Eye catching, striking and informative are an absolute must! Once you have spent money on design you need confidence in your Printer’s capability to reproduce your packaging labels faithfully, and consistently, across all your products, all of the time.
Whether you need plain, self-adhesive labels for printing in-house, pre-printed labels to support your packaging and branding or thermal transfer labels, here at RGS Labels we treat every label job with the same care and attention to detail.
We can deliver fast from our standard range of label products or make your bespoke labels to order.
RGS Labels have never been a company wishing to be faceless Internet-based label printers, but a well established self adhesive label manufacturer with highly skilled and qualified staff always 100% determined and focused on all of our customers’ requirements and demands. With this in mind we are on hand to help and enable our clients within the food industry to implement the below changes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
The new Food Information Regulation (FIR), designed to make food labeling easier to understand for consumers, has been published by the European Union.
The regulation combines rules on general food and nutrition labeling into a single EU regulation (see link below). Transitional arrangements set out in the FIR mean that the bulk of the requirements will not apply until 2014, with nutrition labelling becoming mandatory in 2016.
The main points are:
- Country of origin – subject to further discussion, the introduction of mandatory origin information for most fresh and frozen meat. For example, it will be possible for ‘Scotland’, ‘England’, ‘Wales’ and ‘Northern Ireland’ to be used on food labels without mentioning ‘UK’ under new provenance rules. Also, the origin of main ingredients will have to be given if different from where the final product is made.
- Nutrition labeling will be required for most foods. Simplified information may be provided voluntarily on front of pack.
- Labeling clarity – a minimum font size has been set for all mandatory information on most food labels.
- Allergen information will have to be provided on all food (whether sold prepacked or loose). For prepacked foods, the allergens will have to be highlighted on the ingredient list.
Drinks with high caffeine content will have to be additionally labeled as not recommended for children, or pregnant and breastfeeding women, with the actual caffeine content quoted.
- Meat and fish products that look like a cut, joint or slice and contain more than 5% added water will have to show this in the name of the food.
- The types of vegetable oil used in food, such as palm oil, must be stated.
- The EU has also agreed:
- To make it easier for alcoholic drinks companies to voluntarily include calorie information on product labels.
- To enable voluntary provision of calorie information in out of home settings.
- To continue to permit selling by numbers – such as a dozen bread rolls or eggs.
- Need to act upon these new rules and regulations for your self adhesive label requirements?
At RGS Labels you’ll always find a friendly voice at the end of the phone to answer your questions! Call us on 01480 456556 or contact us. We’ll always do our best to help!