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Is Your Custom Food Label FDA Approved?

Is your custom food label FDA approved? This is the most important question for companies engaged in food processing industry that have to comply with various safety regulations. Failure to comply with these rules invites hefty fines and penalties which can be financially devastating.

Various parameters have to be accounted for to make sure that your custom food labels are FDA approved. In order to ensure standardization of food labeling procedures and to ascertain that sufficient nutritional information was brought to the knowledge of the end user, each label must contain information in a particular format to ensure easy representation of necessary information. All packaged food products are required to carry these labels. Hence, hiring the services of experts who make custom food labels is always handy to ensure that your custom food labels adhere to FDA requirements.

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An expert custom food label maker ascertains that your label features the following.

Identification mark

As per FDA compliance, the label maker ensures that every label of the food product contain the product name, the contact details of the producer as well as the size of the product.

Ingredients of the product

Each of the custom food labels must contain information regarding the contents of the product in descending order by predominance or by weight. A custom label maker lists all ingredients used in manufacturing the product in a clear and legible manner.

Serving size

FDA requires that every pack of the product clearly specify the size of the servings as well as the number of servings per pack. The professional label maker lists out nutritional break down per servings as required.

Nutritional facts

A professional custom label maker clearly specify information regarding per serving values for calories, total fat, sodium, cholesterol, total carbohydrates, protein, vitamins etc in accordance with FDA approvals.

Daily values

As per the requirements of FDA, the custom food label maker mentions percentage of daily values specifying per serving nutritional value of your product based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet.

Health claims

By listing informational evidence of claims made by your company regarding low calories, low fat, the expert label maker ensures that your custom food labels comply with FDA regulations.

Quality standards

Complying with minimum quality standard is a prime necessity and must be listed on custom food labels. Failing to do so can result in huge penalties. An experienced custom label maker list out necessary details and avoid such a situation.

Thus, various things have to be mentioned in deep detail in order to ensure that your custom food labels are FDA approved. Food labels that comply with FDA standards sell faster and get better customer response than others. All these can’t be attained without hiring a reputable custom food label maker. Businesses that don’t hire a professional label maker often fail to achieve the desired success in the long run. So, take the help of a professional custom food label maker and enjoy an edge over your competitors.

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What the Heck is Four-Color Process? AKA 4CP.

What the heck is four-color process or what is commonly referred to as full color? Well, don’t feel bad about not knowing or having limited knowledge on the subject. In flexographic printing and digital printing it is good to have a brief understanding of what 4CP stands for and what it can do for your labels. CMYK and full color are both commonly referred to terms in label printing. Full color is not anything special so don't worry about your friends laughing at you for not understanding what it means. It is just a commonly referred to term for 4CP. CMYK is important. CMYK refers to the colors that are used in four-color process: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. The true meaning of the K is for Key Plate, however to make things simple let's just refer to it as the black plate. Click here to find out about our prepress department. Printing in 4CP allows for the printer to construct any color in the Pantone (PMS) book from these four colors. In doing so it allows the graphic designer who is creating your labels to get way more creative in designing your labels.

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Side note: if you want a "spot color" then you are referring to us picking an actual PMS number out of the pantone book. If you look in a "bridge" book then you can see the difference between making a color out of 4CP versus using the actual color itself. It is a subtle difference but good to take in to consideration when designing a label.

The CMYK process works by partially or entirely subtracting reflective light from whatever surface it is covering. In most cases the surface is white and often times when a Flexographic printer is printing on clear surfaces they will first lay down a coat of white to get a better color reflection, much like a painter laying down a base coat. 

Label Tech Inc has become an expert at four-color process printing. We run 4CP on many of our flexographic Mark Andy presses and we also run 4CP on our digital press. 

Printing a four-color process image and then laying down one or more spot colors can make for a label that has pop or more shelf appeal then your competitors. Stay tuned for more info from Label Tech Inc on labels and labeling. 

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Considering what makes your food labels stick?

Label Tech, Inc has been manufacturing food labels for the food industry since 1985. We have assisted customers such as Dunkin Donuts, Pearl Meat, Stonewall Kitchen, Cabot Cheese and many others. Food labeling can be a simple process and at other times often complicated. Are you labeling a glass jar or a plastic bottle? Is your product “hot fill” or room temperature? Are you labeling your product in a freezer or in a warehouse? If you have a product that is going to be exposed to condensation have you considered protecting the inks? There are many more questions to take into consideration.

 

At Label Tech, Inc our customer service department is constantly being trained in the art of application. At Label Tech application is everything.  What I mean by that is the series of questions that we need to take in to consideration in order to make sure your label sticks to your product, and that your customer can still clearly see your branding from the first use of your product to the last.

 

Gringo Jack’s is a small business based in Vermont. They make salsas and hot sauces that are… well… delicious! Jack and Michele who run the day-to-day operations of the company wear many hats. Small business owners are often busy people, their time is valuable. For Jack and Michele, becoming label experts in between running a company and promoting a brand wasn’t an option. They needed a vendor who understood their needs fast and was able to produce in a timely manner. They turned to Label Tech Inc.

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Having a wide variety of salsas and hot sauces we understood immediately that the products we would be filling would most likely be run in combination so as to save Gringo Jack’s money by getting the price per thousand down over larger quantities. Side note- if your label manufacturer isn’t offering you price breaks at higher order quantities then you need to talk to us. Running in combo we were also able to use as many common plates as possible to get the plate charges down.

 

The first questions we had for Jack and Michele were all about application. If you can get the application of the label accurate the first time around, you can save everyone a lot of time, money and headache. One of the sales representatives at Label Tech was able to assess the situation quickly and professionally. Gringo Jack’s uses a hot fill technology- that is to say; the salsas and hot sauces are going into the glass jars at a high temperature. If we used a regular permanent adhesive, the labels would of bubbled and peeled off almost immediately. By switching to a freezer grade adhesive we were able to prevent this issue from occurring. Another issue that we wanted to avoid was having the inks on the front of the label run or smear over time by condensation or sauce being wiped off the front of the jar. By placing a lamination over the label we easily avoided this issue. Jack and Michele have been very pleased by our work.

 

If you are experiencing label issues with a food label you don’t have to put up with it! There are vendors out there who can assist you in having a better presentation with your product. Stay tuned for more blogs from your label experts at Label Tech!

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Topics: label tech inc salsa label hot fill labels glass jar labeling multiple sku printing in line labeling Pressure Sensitive Labels food labels flexographic label printing food label printer
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