When food and beverage products go out to the public missing key information, the producers responsible may soon find themselves facing serious legal consequences. In these situations, recalls are necessary, and the expense of carrying out such an action is obviously high for a brand to shoulder, especially a small or medium-sized company.
A quick inspection of recent food recalls shows what kinds of problems and oversights can lead to this potentially expensive turn of events. Furthermore, the wide variety of brands and product types involved demonstrates that no one is exempt from the need for extremely accurate labeling. There are numerous ways for official bodies, companies and consumers to detect labeling omissions, and any one of these can trigger a recall.
For instance, the Department of Agriculture explained that after a routine label review, Rochester Meat Company discovered that the company's products were mislabeled – while they contain monosodium glutamate, the labels did not say so. The business did its duty and contacted the authorities. Now, several types of uncooked pork sausages are subject to recall – 13,330 pounds in total.
Switched Labels Strike
Sometimes companies' labeling mistakes take place after the labels have been created and verified for accuracy. In these situations, the brands apply the wrong labels to products, which makes it possible that the listed allergens don't match what's actually in the packages. The USDA recently listed two such incidents.
In the first recall, Campbell Soup Co. called for cans labeled "Campbell's Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta." The packages actually contained Italian-style spinach and meatballs. One ingredient of the latter soup is milk, which is not mentioned on the labels.
The second recall targeted Blount Fine Foods and its Beef Chile Colorado product. In actuality, the packages with that label contain cheese enchiladas. These contain milk and, as such, the allergen label is incorrect.
Controlling the Labeling Process
Accurate labeling that carefully states the contents of a given package – and labels that are applied to the right items – can prove critical to a food producer's bottom line. When inaccuracies appear, companies have to work with the authorities to carry out recalls, which creates pressure to do things correctly.
When organizations decide to take labeling into their own hands, they have to ensure the process is still carried out with professional quality, to help the items in question stand out on shelves. In such cases, printers such as the Afinia A801 provide the power brands need. Find out about that printer in our U.S. store on on our Canadian page.