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30 Mar 2019

10 Things That Must be Present on your Food Labels

When it comes to packaged food, labels are very important. Whether it is a hotel, any aged care facility, hospital or some other confectionery manufacturer; they all are keen on getting their nutrition label maker that not only helps them to put the right information about the item on the packaging but also helps these facilities to improve efficiency in food labeling.

While designing the label for your food, you should keep this in mind that the label must contain all possible information about the food. Food labels are important because:

  1. They help to protect public health and promote safety by information about the product.
  2. The food label can tell a consumer if it contains an allergen or additive that can be harmful to their body.
  3. The food labels facilitate the comparison of two similar products available in the market.
  4. The food labels are helpful in providing information about storing the food, its size, weight and details about the manufacturer.

For an aged care facility, labels are important so that the resident & staff know what the resident is eating and in what quantity. The nutrition label maker is an ultimate tool to achieve these objectives.

Now, the question arises that what all must be present on the food label. To solve your query, we are here with 10 important points that should be included on your food label. Read on:

  • Technical name and description of the food or drink

You need to add the technical name of the product on the label and if the name doesn’t make obvious what the product actually is, you need to provide the complete description of the product.

  • The volume or the net weight of the food item

The net weight of the food inside the packaging should be stated because after packaging the weight increases but that is not the actual weight of the product. Especially for canned foods, the weight should be mentioned properly.

  • Date Mark

It goes without saying that the date of manufacturing and the date of expiry should be stated on the food label. There are two ways of doing it:

    1. Use by dates, which are found on the perishable items such as dairy, fresh meat, etc. this states that the product should be consumed by so and so date.
    2. Best Before Dates are stated on other dry confectionaries like cereals, flour, eggs, etc. where it is stated that the consumer should use it before this date.
  • The list of ingredients

The food is packed and labeled for the only reason to provide information about the item. It should include all the ingredients used to manufacture the food product. All kinds of and allergens used should also be stated.

  • Panel for nutritional information

Apart from the ingredients used in making the food, you must also add a separate nutritional panel that will provide information about the total calories, carbohydrates and other minerals present in the item.

  • Allergy warning

If the food contains any specific allergens, the label should state about that so that the consumer can stay aware of it.

  • Country of Origin

Wherever the food is prepared, the name of the country in the format ‘made in —’ should be stated on the food label.

  • Storage  

The consumer will not know how to store the food after the packaging is opened and thus, you need to provide that information on the label. If the food needs to be stored at some specific temperatures, the label should possess that information.

  • Complete details about the manufacturer

The name, local address, telephone number and email of the manufacturer must be stated on the food label.

  • Batch No.

Last but not least, the lot and batch number of the item should be included. This information helps when there is some problem with the whole batch of the food product. If the batch number is known, all the supplied packets can be called back.

It is very difficult to add all these details manually on the label and thus, nutrition label maker helps the majority of the health care facilities to create informational labels for their food products.

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Written by Chirag Joshi Founder & owner of HDS.

Chirag Joshi is the founder & owner of HDS. Chirag possesses over 12 years of experience in Aged Care industry. Having worked as an aged care chef for a long time he understands the complexity & challenges to maintain residents diet profile, food safety records, food labelling, procurement invoicing procedures & staff rostering. Chirag has also completed a Bachelor in Computing with major in multimedia & system design. He has developed number of systems to help provide efficiency in aged care and also help eliminate paperwork and manual processes.

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