GHS (Globally Harmonized System) Chemical Labeling Compliance
Until 2003, chemical labels were regulated by standards created by individual nations, usually with advice and commentary from related industry groups. We now find ourselves in an era of globalization, in which a globally interconnected supply chain accomplishes the manufacturing, packaging, transport, sale, and use of chemicals and chemical products.
Costs of GHS labeling are varied. The European Union, the United States, Canada, and Asian countries have all moved towards GHS chemical labeling compliance at different rates, and with different final standards.
Although all of these packaging guidelines are GHS compliant, they do have subtle differences in language, size, and orientation rules – when a company ships chemicals to each of these countries, distinct packaging is needed for each location. From shipment to shipment, packaging an unpredictable amount of specific chemicals with unique GHS labels is a process that can be difficult to prepare for, without the appropriate packaging solution.
Benefits of the GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance Standards
Increased Safety, Communication, and Trade Facilitation
While the industry is required to bear the costs of re-assessing and re-packaging chemical products, it is important to note that there are benefits of GHS chemical labeling compliance.
- GHS allows for a simpler export of chemical products to foreign markets, with no more country-specific documentation and testing standards, workplace safety standards, and environmental standards.
- GHS further protects human health and the environment with consistent international hazard communication to inform all users throughout the chemical supply chain to the presence of a hazard. Compliance also minimizes exposure and risk to those hazardous chemicals through safer transportation, handling, and use.
- In all participating countries, GHS ensures the safe management of chemicals through identifying hazards and communicating them. This is particularly useful for countries without well-developed regulatory systems.
- GHS provides increased and simplified international trade, leading to improved communication and growth in international markets for companies seeking to import and export chemical goods.
Mandated GHS Label Requirements
• Product Identifier
The ingredient name or number of the pure chemical substance or chemical mixture. The technical name(s) must be harmonized with IUPAC, CAS, and with the technical name(s) listed on the MSDS sheet. It must also be aligned with the UN Proper Shipping Name if the chemical is regulated under the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNRTDG). The Product Identifier is meant to prevent accidental or uninformed exposure. A worker, shipper, or supply chain partner must be able to identify the chemical and recognize its potential hazard accurately.
• GHS Pictograms
Each red, black, and white point-set, square-shaped pictogram conveys information about particular hazardous risks associated with a chemical. In combination with the signal word “Danger” or “Warning,” the pictogram communicates the severity of the risk and is meant to prevent accidental or uninformed exposure. More than one pictogram may be used on the same chemical label, if applicable. The size of the pictogram, and other label elements, should be proportionate to the physical dimensions of the label. Examples:
• Signal Words
Either “Danger” or “Warning” used to emphasize hazards and indicate the relative level of severity of the hazard, assigned to a GHS hazard class and category: “Danger” for the more severe hazards, and “Warning” for the less severe hazards. Only one signal word corresponding to the class of the most severe hazard should be used on a label.
• Hazard Statements
These phrases describe the nature and degree of the hazard posed by the chemical. All hazard statements should be included on the label for a substance/mixture possessing more than one hazard. Example of a hazard statement: “Heating may cause an explosion.”
• Precautionary Statement
These statements must relate to the GHS pictogram and further describe measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent risks associated with the hazard. The number of precautionary statements should be kept to a maximum of six. Example: “Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – no smoking” in relation to a pictogram that shows Explosive Danger and a Hazard Statement such as “Heating may cause an explosion.”
• Supplier Information
Each chemical container, including secondary packagings such as crates and master cases, must include a GHS label printed with the Supplier Information. This must include the name, address, and telephone number of the manufacturer or supplier of the product.
• Supplementary Information
Additional product information volunteered by the manufacturer, supplier, or other responsible parties. It is acceptable for the manufacturer to make a statement that is not harmonized with the GHS standards. However, the statement must not conflict with GHS standards.
Label Size Requirements
Most countries do not require minimum label sizes for GHS labels; however, they stipulate that GHS labels are easily readable. In the European Union, label minimums are outlined, depending on the capacity of the container. Within the European Union, the proper minimum label dimensions based on container size are depicted on the chart below:
Printing GHS Labels In-House
The variety of GHS label formats and size configurations has made the prospect of printing labels in-house, tailored for each chemical product, attractive to many chemical manufacturers. There are a couple of options for printing GHS labels as part of an in-house packaging process:
Option One: Printing Labels with a Barcode Printer
In this scenario, a barcode label printer is used to print pictograms, signal words, manufacturer address, and other text in one-color: black. Secondary and additional colors, red for the GHS pictograms and other colors for logos and branding, are pre-printed onto a roll of labels.
This pre-printed roll is inserted on a thermal transfer barcode printer, which prints the black-colored portion of the label, including the black section of the GHS pictograms, signal words, hazard warning, and other text with a black-colored thermal transfer ribbon.
This solution requires a large inventory of pre-printed labels, and a separate pre-printed roll for each variation in chemical label: different countries, languages, pictograms each get their own pre-printed roll. This presents a logistical challenge in a production setting, where packaging staff is required to identify and select the correct pre-printed label roll from among the many rolls on warehouse shelves for each batch.
Option Two: Printing Labels with a Full-Color Label Printer
A full-color digital label printer grants the capability of printing variable GHS labels with maximum flexibility to comply with GHS labeling regulations, along with customer and retailer demand.
Chemical manufacturers are finding that a full-color label printer provides them the most flexibility for printing GHS labels for international and domestic markets, wholesalers, and private label retailers.
A four-color or five-color printer can satisfy BS5609, GHS, private, and custom labeling requirements at the same time. However, an in-house, full-color digital label printer gives chemical manufacturers the capacity to print labels that integrate all GHS required elements and create graphic-rich primary display panels that include logos and branding the same label printing process.
Questions? Let us know, we’re here to help!
At AstroNova, we offer a total labeling solution. We provide the tools you need to integrate production efficiencies into your business and keep up with industry demands from a wide variety of label printers, materials, technical support, training, and a library of support videos. Contact us to schedule a free, web-based demonstration and to speak with one of our specialists!
The world of packaging & labeling is quite complicated and can be littered with complex terms and legalese. The origins of the USA’s current regulatory framework can be traced back to the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation (UPLR) that was first adopted in 1952. The UPLR requires that consumer packaging bear a label specifying the following:
- the identity of the commodity
- the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
- the net quantity of contents in terms of weight, mass measure, or numerical count is in a uniform location upon the principal display panel
UPLR has precise definitions for seemingly simple and straightforward terms like “package” or “label.” Select terms you may find useful are defined and explained below. For a complete list of terms along with their definitions and exceptions, please refer to the relevant section in NIST Handbook 130.
The term “package,” whether standard package or random package, means any commodity: (a) enclosed in a container or wrapped in any manner in advance of wholesale or retail sale, or (b) whose weight or measure has been determined in the wholesale or retail sale. An individual item or lot of any commodity on which a selling price is marked based on an established price per unit of weight or measure shall be considered a package or packages.
Consumer Package or Consumer Commodity
A package that is:
- customarily produced or distributed for sale through retail sales agencies or for consumption
- used by individuals for the purposes of personal care
- used in the performance of services ordinarily rendered in or about the household
- used in connection with personal possessions
A package that is a lot, shipment, or delivery of packages of the same consumer commodity with no fixed pattern of net contents.
Any written, printed, or graphic matter affixed to, applied to, attached to, blown into, formed, molded into, embossed on, or appearing upon or adjacent to a consumer commodity, or a package containing any consumer commodity, for purposes of branding, identifying, or giving any information concerning the product or the contents of the package.
Principal Display Panel(s)
The part(s) of a label that is designed to most likely be displayed, presented, shown, or examined under the usual and customary display and purchase conditions. Wherever a principal display panel appears more than once on a package, all requirements about the “principal display panel” shall pertain to all such “principal display panels.”
A package containing two or more individual packages of the same commodity, in the same quantity, is intended to be sold as a multi-unit package, but where the component packages are labeled individually in full compliance with all requirements of this regulation.
A package intended for retail sale, containing two or more individual packages or units of different commodities. Examples: antiquing or housecleaning kit sponge and cleaner lighter fluid and flints.
A package intended for retail sale, containing two or more individual packages or units of similar, but not identical, commodities. Commodities that are generically the same, but that differ in weight, measure, volume, appearance, or quality, are considered similar, but not identical. Examples: two sponges of different sizes or plastic tableware, consisting of four spoons, four knives, and four forks.
A spot label is a label clearly defined utilizing a border, indentation, or other means that cover only a small portion of the surface of a principal display panel of a package; the entire portion of the principal display panel outside the area of the label contains no printed or graphic matter of any kind. A spot label may provide all required labeling information (identity, responsibility, and net contents), but it must at least indicate the identity and net contents.
A header label or header strip is a label that is attached across the top of a transparent or opaque bag or other containers that bears no other printed or graphic material.
A package that is one of a lot, shipment, or delivery of parcels of the same commodity with identical net content declarations. Examples: 1 L bottles or 12 fl. oz cans of carbonated soda, or 500 g or 5 lb. bags of sugar.
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AstroNova has a long history of working closely with the medical device and medical supply community for over 30 years, including experience in achieving ISO 13485 certification and producing a variety of medical devices and supplies of our own.
Due to recent events, we are receiving requests for expedited orders to help our customers who are actively involved in the fight against COVID-19. One customer specifically, a major American manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare products, is working diligently to produce swab collection kits, among other products to provide to labs and the government. To meet this demand, they are exponentially ramping up production to meet the needs. In short, every piece produced needs a label.
How are AstroNova Printers and Materials Qualified for the Medical Community?
Over the years AstroNova has worked with leading medical device manufacturers to ensure AstroNova label printers and label materials pass mandated, stringent regulatory requirements and independent laboratory testing to support their global packaging initiatives on these key points:
- Establish AstroNova printers can effectively, accurately and repeatedly produce labels with adequate color matching
- Substantiate that the inkjet ink, thermal transfer ribbons and/or toners used by AstroNova label printers provide adequate abrasion resistance, moisture & chemical resistance, ensuring high-quality readability, free of excessive scuffing that might prevent legibility or barcode scanning.
- To show label stock sufficiently adheres to a variety of packing materials and substrates used in many packaging configurations including pouches, trays, bags and tubes, both sterile and non-sterile materials such as foil, Tyvek® (some corrugate and some with SBS – sterile barrier system), film, bubble bag, polybag, and tube and furthermore, remained adhered to their package component
In conclusion, our samples passed both the initial and post-conditioning review with a 100% pass rate with 0% failures, validating AstroNova label printers and AstroNova label stock successfully meeting the required protocol and passing all validation requirements. Thereby, the validation team was able to confirm that the AstroNova label printer, and AstroNova label stock combination is a proven system to support the sterile and non-sterile box and label operations and the Global Label initiative.
How Does it Differ from Verification?
Process validation is a term used in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries to indicate that a process has been subject to such scrutiny that the result of the process (a product, service, or other outcomes) can be practically guaranteed. The general public may use terms like “verification” or “validation” loosely or interchangeably in conversations, but the FDA assigns specific definitions to terms like these.
Validation means confirmation by examination and provision of objective evidence that the requirements for specific intended use can be consistently fulfilled. [Definitions 21 CFR 820.3 (z)]
Verification means confirmation by examination and provision of objective evidence that specified requirements have been fulfilled. [Definitions 21 CFR 820.3 (aa)]
While the completion of process validation is a regulatory requirement, a manufacturer may decide to validate a process to improve overall quality, eliminate scrap, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, or several other reasons. Coupled with adequately controlled design and development activities, a validated process may result in a reduced time to market for new products. Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device industries are facing an unprecedented situation right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted communities all across the world. Time to market, while always deemed necessary by the industry, is even more critical now as millions of lives can be potentially impacted.
Phases of Process Validation
In general, the validation of a process is the mechanism or system used by the manufacturer to plan, obtain, record, and interpret data. These activities may be considered to fall into three phases:
- An initial qualification of the equipment used and provision of necessary services – also known as installation qualification (IQ)
- A demonstration that the process will produce acceptable results and establishment of limits of the process parameters – also known as an operational qualification (OQ)
- Establishment of long-term process stability – also known as performance qualification (PQ).
Since our label printer solutions are used widely in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries, AstroNova understands these challenges and can support our customers with these process validations on our printer products and supplies, ensuring they can be completed smoothly and quickly.
We just released procedures and templates to help perform IQ, OQ, and PQ on our QL-120/120X range of printers. Our trained technical support staff can help your teams complete these procedures remotely as well as ensure that process validations can be done in a safe manner, and quality products can be produced and shipped out of your facilities in record time.
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In the cosmetics industry, looks matter. There’s a lot of pressure for product packaging to portray the end results –even when working with small surfaces. But while trying to catch the consumer’s eye, there are still regulations products must follow. So how can you make your custom cosmetic labels both attractive and effective?
First Things First: Product Requirements
Regardless of your product line, you need to be aware of the industry requirements. What are the most common rules and regulations for labeling in the cosmetics industry?
According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it is prohibited to market cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded as well as while in interstate commerce. FDA regulations are required for any product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance.
A cosmetics label is considered misbranded if:
- labeling is false or misleading
- the label does not state the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor or the net quantity of contents
- the required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers under customary conditions of purchase and use the container or its fill is misleading
Read the full list of FDA cosmetics labeling standards here.
Make Compliance Easier
Ensure products meet all FDA regulations and easily maintain labels with an in-house label printer – this includes overseas, certifying compliance within each country.
Printing in-house also offers a much more affordable option compared to outsourced printing. By printing in your facility, you have the ability to produce large or short runs of labels as needed with expiration dates, ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications.
Make Sure Your Products Have What They Need
In addition to FDA requirements, environmental exposure can require a higher need for durability.
If you offer lotion, body wash or facial cleansers, you may want to consider a printer that applies water-resistant labels. This will help protect your labels from fading or peeling. Utilizing these resistant labels will bring your products to another level of professionalism. By adhering to both FDA standards and product needs, your cosmetics will perform effectively.
Watch how CJ’s Unique Boutique uses their durable QuickLabel printer to label all of their lotions and creams:
Stand Out On The Shelves!
Looks matter in this industry.
Makers of cosmetics and personal care products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels. One body lotion alone can be available in dozens of different scents, an array of bottles, tubs and more. Your product packaging is what makes you stand out from the competition. What catches eyes on the shelves can be the difference between the purchase of your brand over competitors.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to enhance your cosmetics label designs, an in-house label printer is the best solution. Not only will printing cosmetics labels in-house save money, but it is perfect for short-runs of seasonal products, new scents, sizes, and formulations – especially when it comes to the design process.
Using your own label printer will allow you to control your label from start to finish – making sure it showcases your product as envisioned.
Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective With QuickLabel!
The Kiaro! QuickLabel printer is an extraordinarily fast printer with the ability to produce beautiful, vibrant color labels in an astounding 1200 dpi.
“It’s a cost-effective time-saving printer. It creates excellent quality labels for our packaging, and I couldn’t be happier.”
– Ryan Flynt, CJ’s Unique Boutique
By acknowledging your product packaging design, the durability of labels and FDA standards, custom cosmetics labels are able to function effectively while attracting consumers to your products.
Looking to Print Cosmetic or Beauty Labels In-House?
If you’re interested in learning more about creating eye-catching labels in your own facility, feel free to contact us to schedule a free demonstration or speak with one of our specialists!
Did you know not all labels meet the requirements to be considered BS5609 certified?
If your business generates products that require this certification, such as chemical jugs, hardware, and industrial product labels and more, it is important to know what BS5609 is and the standards that need to be met.
What is BS5609?
BS5609 is the internationally recognized British Standard for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used for overseas shipping. Also known as the Marine Immersion Label Testing Standard, chemical manufacturers refer to this standard when their labels are used on hazardous chemical containers transported by sea.
BS5609 certification establishes whether or not labels remain adhesive and readable on containers and barrels, after prolonged exposure to ocean environment including both seawater and sand abrasion.
Elements, including those required by GHS, such as red and black ink of GHS pictograms, hazard statements and health warnings all must remain identifiable on the label with slight or no color change or print removal in order to pass BS5609 testing.
Where Can You Get BS5609 Certified Labels?
Surprisingly enough, you can print them yourself. With some help, of course.
QuickLabel now has a line of BS5609 certified label printers for GHS labels. These label printers are available in three models for various label sizes, all of which are able to produce BS5609-compliant labels.
Not only will you remain compliant, but you can print all of your labels in short-runs, in-house.
Eric Pizzuti, Vice President of QuickLabel states, “We are confident that our Kiaro! D label printers and our BS5609 certified labels and inks comprise the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-use GHS label printing solution on the market.”
Pizzuti continues, “Chemical producers who need to print black and red GHS labels for bottles and cartons will be pleased to know that they can also print their front-panel primary display labels in full-color using the Kiaro! D, which boasts excellent print quality and 1200 dpi resolution.”
The Kiaro! D family of label printers allow you to print durable labels that can get dirty, wet, scuffed, and exposed to sunlight and chemicals – all while maintaining legibility and colorfastness.
Thanks to cutting-edge pigment ink formulation and QuickLabel’s qualified label stocks, labels printed by the Kiaro! D comply with GHS hazard warning labeling regulations and BS5609 certification, one of the most stringent physical label standards in the world.
The Kiaro! D Label Printer
Variable color shoebox labels, hardware labels, electrical labels, industrial product labels, and color warehouse labels are ideal uses for the Kiaro! D. Its reliable operation, 5.9 ips print speed and 1200 dpi print quality make the Kiaro! D a high performer for your production facility.
Similar to the original Kiaro! commercial label printer, the Kiaro! D prints labels from 1”- 4” wide and up to more than 15” in length. The Kiaro! D is also compatible with matte polypropylene and paper label materials and doesn’t require lamination to make durable labels.
The Kiaro! 200D Label Printer
Similar to the Kiaro! D, the Kiaro! 200D is the quintessential extra-wide label printer, capable of making durable labels in large sizes for gallon jugs, shipping drums, pallets, cartons, and cases – all in full CMYK color.
To see a Kiaro! D label printer for yourself, contact us today to schedule an in-person demonstration at your facility.
Not all labels are easy to get approved. If you handle sanitation or chemical supplies, you know there are specific marks and content that must appear on the product labels.
In this post, you will gain insight into chemical and GHS label markings and how to label them. In addition, we will cover how utilizing an on-demand color label printer can provide the best labeling solution for your products.
What Are GHS and Chemical Regulations?
Janitorial and sanitation products are among the chemicals that require color-coded chemical hazard identification labels in compliance with GHS Labeling regulations.
GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which are usually represented as red and black pictograms.
Also known as graphic symbols, pictograms are used to communicate specific information about the hazards of a chemical. The GHS regulation standards use a total of nine pictograms.
The purpose of these symbols is to provide workers with better information on the safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals, thereby allowing them (or anyone handling the product) to avoid injuries and illnesses related to exposures to hazardous chemicals.
To read more on each GHS classification symbol, with a more in-depth review of each, please view our white paper GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.
What to Include on Chemical Cleaning Supply Labels
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) states, “chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals is labeled, tagged or marked with the following information: product identifier; signal word; hazard statement(s); precautionary 1 2 statement(s); and pictogram(s); and name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party.”
Make Compliance Easier by Printing Compliant Labels In-House
Now that you have a better understanding of the labeling requirements, what’s the best way to create your labels?
If you are in the industry, you already know most GHS label printers offer the ability to print GHS compliant labels in just two colors, red and black.
An ideal durable label printer, QuickLabel’s Kiaro! D tabletop label printer has the ability to instantly print full-color GHS labels in 1200 dpi resolution.
QuickLabel’s “D” printers produce durable, pigment based labels able to withstand water, dirt, exposure, abrasion and hazardous chemicals while maintaining color-fastness.
With a Kiaro! D, you can print your entire chemical label in seconds, including your logo and primary display panel graphics and the red and black GHS pictograms, text, barcode and serializations.
See What the Extra-Durable, GHS Compliant Kiaro! D is Capable of:
Printing in full color, 1200 dpi allows your compliant GHS labels to send two messages:
1. A responsible manufacturer has packaged the product safely.
2. The company logo and branding stand out from other competitors.
A QuickLabel printer provides valuable competitive advantages by maintaining GHS compliance and showing off signature brands.
Stand Out on the Shelves
While other companies are stuck with identical packaging, you have the option to stand out with custom messaging. Your custom label and verbiage will ensure customers and clients know exactly who manufactures their chemicals.
To get the perfect package, we recommend using labeling software in addition to an in-house label printer. Labeling software allows you to link your database of chemical descriptions with a label printer for accuracy.
With a robust color label printer such as the Kiaro! D and a fully-featured GHS labeling software such as NiceLabel, it is easy to become compliant and maintain compliance.
For more information on GHS and chemical labeling, feel free to read our white paper, GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
A trusted partner in the essential oils industry, doTERRA defines essential oils as naturally occurring, aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
For hundreds of years, essential oils have been used for medicinal, beauty and cleaning treatments. So how can you make your oils stand out from the rest?
1. We Make Label Creation Simple
We know that makers of essential oil products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels.
Instead of dealing with the hassle of an outside printing vendor, with the risk of costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses, we give you the ability to control everything in-house.
Our in-house color label printers print labels in any quantity. They are perfect for short-runs of seasonal products and ideal for printing custom labels for new scents, sizes, and formulations. That means growing your line of essential oils doesn’t have to be difficult. With a QuickLabel printer, you can start printing off your new scents as soon as they are designed.
What’s more, our printers are designed to be user-friendly and specifically designed for narrow labels.
That means you can focus on creating beautiful aromas, and we can take care of the rest.
2. We Meet All Labeling Rules & Regulations
As you know, being a producer of personal care products in the USA, your essential oil labels must comply with the FDA standards.
With a QuickLabel printer, you can print ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications on demand; ultimately giving you the advantage of keeping up with the constant changes being made to label requirements as they go into effect.
We’ll help keep you one step ahead and easily producing FDA-compliant labels.
3. We Let Your Beauty Shine Through
We want your labels to be as beautiful as you’ve imagined.
At QuickLabel, we know the importance of personalization. Your brand has to be able to tell your company’s story to stand out from the crowd. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our label printers allow for complete customization of your labels. And they don’t only look good on screen.
Our label printers have the ability to print in up to 1600 dpi at 12 inches per second. That’s fast, photo-quality imagery!
Especially helpful for narrow labels, our systems precisely print 3-point font to list every ingredient, percentage, and note you need.
We’ll help you print stunning imagery, barcodes, pricing, expiration dates, and ingredients all in one round.
4. We Make It Personal
We like to get to know our customers, too.
Stopping by CJ’s Unique Boutique in Colorado Springs, we were able to see how they use our label printer to create their personal care lotion and oil labels. See for yourself:
5. Finally, We Are Always Here For You
You can always reach out to us without hesitation. With representatives throughout the nation and around the globe, we are here for you.
Having over 40 years of experience and reliability, we not only have the support but the resources to guarantee the best quality product on the market.
Interested in our in-house color label printers?
Contact us today to start learning more or set up a free in-person demonstration.
In the food and beverage industry, the nutrition facts table is an important part of the product label. Displayed directly on your product, the Canadian Nutrition Facts table (US, European, etc.) must be accurate and updated to governmental changes.
If you are a consumer or business owner, it is important to understand and use the nutrition facts label correctly. Therefore, hand-in-hand with the ingredient listing, the nutrition facts table is required on most packaged foods in many countries.
Changes to the Canadian Nutrition Facts Table
On December 14th, the Canadian FDA announced changes to be made to their nutrition facts table.
So, they released a statement regarding these major upcoming changes, explaining, “We’re making improvements to the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on food labels based on feedback from Canadians and stakeholders. The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes. This means that you might start seeing new food labels as early as 2017.”
Some of the major label changes include:
- Serving size more consistent to easily compare to similar foods & know how many calories and nutrients are being consumed
- Increased calorie font size
- New % daily value, % daily sugars value and footnote
- Clearly defined list of sugars included within ingredient list
You can review the full article statement here.
So what does this mean to you?
There will be a much greater need for the flexibility of changing, altering and updating label information on demand.
So who does this affect?
If you are a food/beverage industry business owner in Canada, these Canadian Nutrition Facts changes will affect your production line, label design and product distribution overall. However, this change is not limited to Canadian businesses.
So, if you are a global company and/or a company who distributes products to Canada, all labels containing the nutrition facts table must change to adhere to the new Canadian FDA rulings.
How can you make these adjustments easier on your business?
It’s simple. With the need for specific, on-demand labels you will require private labeling.
Although, the only downfall to this is the additional expenses that come with outsource label companies, including shipping time and labeling errors.
If this is a concern, an in-house color label printer is your solution.
Using your own color label printer will allow you to make these changes to your product labels in your own facility, saving you the time and money spent on outsourcing.
With label values, listings and percentages becoming more specific, owning your own label printer will let you make changes to your labels or create new ones on your own production line.
Because these changes are coming soon. Getting a head start on such a significant change is never a bad idea.
Learn more about quality on-demand color label printer options today.
So you’re thinking of buying an in-house label printer? Great! You’re on the path to gain more independence and control within your business. That’s probably why you’ve come here, am I right? Before you make the call, you may want to take a look at these 5 questions to ask before buying an in-house label printer.
We know the issues that can arise when using an outside printing source. No longer are you going to have to deal with costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses.
Now the question is what type of color label printer do you need?
Depending on the type of industry you’re in, your labeling needs are bound to vary. There are requirements and specifications that you need to look into before making your purchase.
But don’t worry; QuickLabel is here to help make your buyer’s journey much easier.
There are 5 questions to ask before buying an in-house label printer. These questions will help determine what type of inkjet label printer is the best fit for your business.
Let’s get started.
1. Buying an in-house label printer: What size labels are you printing?
Each printer has different characteristics, including the label width they are capable of printing on. You wouldn’t get the same label printer used for eJuice/eLiquid labels as for a cleaning solution jug.
You may know the type of label you want to create in-house, but before you go making any decisions, you really need to know the width you require.
If you know what size labels you need, you should be able to have them printed out just as you want them on the first run. After all, this is supposed to make things easier for you.
For example, if you’re printing e-liquid bottles you don’t want a system that prints up to 9.07 inches in width. You’d go for the smaller, narrower print of 0.5″ (12.7 mm) in width. The same applies if you want to produce wide, durable labels. The printer has to be able to give you exactly what you and your product requirements, which bring us to the next question…
2. Do your labels have regulations? (FDA)
Are there certain requirements your labels are supposed to follow? For example, FDA regulations for medical labels or nutrition facts. If you want to distribute your products, these must be met. They also have to be accurate.
Meeting FDA regulations for nutrition panels can be an intimidating task. There are font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts, and difficult calculations for daily values. As a food manufacturer, you need to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding, and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates.
However, it’s absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and to present your customers with the quality and transparency in the packaging they’ve come to expect.
There is a great risk of mislabeling when you rely on pre-printed labels. Human beings are responsible for selecting the correct label, and they can make mistakes. Whether it is a food, medical or other health-related labels, both create a serious health risk if not labeled properly.
For example, the QL-120X label printer has the capability to print your food labels in an astounding 1200 dpi resolution to ensure that the intricate details (and small text sizes) on your nutrition labels are perfectly printed every single time.
Printing compliant food labels in-house with a QL-120X label printer also gives you the capability to control your compliance in-house, by overseeing each part of the labeling process: design and printing.
You’ll have fewer labeling mistakes because you’ll be able to control the entire labeling process.
3. Do you need to print barcodes? If so, do you need 200dpi or 600dpi?
If you are printing for food, beverage, clothing, or any item that requires purchasing, you need a barcode label.
So what next? Many people debate the pros and cons of whether to select a 200 dpi barcode label printer or a 600 dpi barcode label printer.
High-resolution barcode label printers can economize limited label space and improve barcode scanability but are higher-priced than traditional 200 dpi barcode printers.
Barcode printing in 200 dpi is great for text, numbers, and codes, but may appear a bit grainy or pixelated. You can improve the print quality of a barcode printed in 200 dpi by making the barcode physically larger on your label, but you may not have enough space to do this on your label.
If you decide to do this, please note that each barcode must be scaled proportionately, since the aspect ratio of each barcode is strictly defined by each barcode symbology.
Using a 600 dpi barcode printer is best if you wish to minimize the size of the barcode you print on your label, or when you need to print a lot of text and want to minimize the space it occupies on your label. A high-resolution label printer is also useful when you have a small size label, a small size product, or when you are labeling a small area on your container or package. It’s also the best way to reproduce a 2D barcode.
All in all, buying an in-house label printer is really based on your product needs. Take a look below to see the difference:
4. Do your labels contain heavy or intricate imagery?
Not all labels are used commercially, meaning not all labels require photographic imagery. If you’re using your labels for strictly barcodes or low-resolution imagery, you don’t need to waste your expenses on a higher resolution printer when buying an in-house label printer.
For example, you can use a 600 dpi barcode printer to make barcode labels with very small text, at sizes as small as 4 pt., and makes barcode label graphics in near-lithographic print quality with consistent, solid fills and clean lines and curves. This can be used for small-size identification labels, rating plate labels, and PC board labels.
300dpi barcode printers are also an option, creating low-cost custom labels for primary display labeling in the color of your choice, including variable information such as product description, flavor, weight, size, nutrition facts, ingredients, and barcode onto the open space of the pre-printed label.
Or, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you need a superior-high-quality resolution for commercial labels, that’s an option as well. It may cost more, but for the product type and quality, it’s definitely worth it.
So, you have options. The only speed bump is determining what level of imagery your product needs when buying an in-house label printer.
5. Where do you store your products?
This question is sometimes overlooked, which can result in unattractive products and wasted label stock.
Did you know that if you label frozen food products, you have to use a durable, freeze-resistant labeling system? That’s right. Your printer must be able to print that specific label material and adhesive to remain on your product.
What your products are exposed to and the environment in which they are normally stored can completely ruin a label.
Without the right printer, your frozen food labels can wrinkle due to condensation, fade away due to UV store lights, or lose their adhesion and fall off due to low temperature.
For example, a QL-120X inkjet label printer can print frozen food labels that don’t peel off at the astounding quality of 1200 dpi. That means you’ll have professional frozen food labels printed instantly – right in your facility, and you can apply them after your foods are already frozen or before they go into the freezer.
This applies to chemical resistance, UV resistance, abrasion, and water-resistance as well.
So make sure that when buying an in-house label printer, it has every single one of the traits you require.
You deserve nothing less.
Hopefully, this article helped you get a clearer idea of what you need, or at least the types of questions you should be asking to get you there!
Good luck on your journey to owning your own color label printer. Happy printing!
There’s more to labels than meets the eye. Whether you are using a QuickLabel printer or another brand of desktop label printer, serious consideration needs to be given to the label facestock and the adhesive. Nobody wants their food labels peeling off their refrigerated products, right? That’s why we’re here, to make it easy for you. So what label materials does QuickLabel have to offer?
We have four main types of labels and ribbons, each with a variety of options to best suit your product and design, whether it is for our printer or a competitor’s.
So What Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have?
QuickLabel’s specially developed materials absorb inks extremely fast so that printed labels do not smear or smudge. With QuickLabel label stocks, you buy peace of mind & performance at an affordable price.
Tire Labels: Yes, we make inkjet tire labels. Our unique PET label stock withstands high temperatures, moisture, will not be affected by rubber out-gassing and will definitely not come off your tires. With 40 grams of low-ooze, next generation hot melt adhesive, you’ll be in business.
Beer Labels: We have high gloss inkjet paper labels with a water-soluble adhesive that disintegrates after a few minutes in 100F water. You’ll be able to send your bottles out for cleaning without a hitch!
Drum Labels: A variety of drum labels are also available, including paper & polypropylene, with aggressive and plasticizer-resistant adhesives.
Freezer Adhesive Labels: Freezer adhesives are available both on glossy paper and on glossy polypropylene label stocks
Cover-up and Removable
We manufacture a variety of cover-up and removable inkjet label stocks. Just ask and we’ll get you exactly what you need.
Whether you choose a textured paper label for wine labels or a glossy clear synthetic label for cosmetics labels, there is an ideal label for you.
When you place your order, we make your labels fresh from raw material, using our just-in-time production management system.
We carry nearly 100 different label and tag stocks, and if we don’t have the material you’re looking for, we’ll engineer it, test it and produce it to meet your end use requirements.
Just ask one of our Media Sales Specialists!
See how Browndog Creamery uses our inkjet labels to not only create delectable designs to match their delicious ice cream, but how our labels maintain color-fastness and quality even in their freezing storage conditions.
To read descriptions of our inkjet label and tag materials, click here.
Thermal Transfer Labels
To enhance print performance, QuickLabel’s Media Lab created our line of thermal transfer label materials to produce excellent print quality and end-use durability – especially, but not limited to, use with QuickLabel’s own line of thermal transfer ribbons and label printers.
Our labels produce high-quality printing on other brands of thermal transfer and barcode printers. Just like the inkjet labels, all of our labels are made to order.
We manufacture and stock over seventy different pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive printing materials – from matte paper labels with freezer adhesive to polypropylene labels with removable adhesive and much more.
To read descriptions of our thermal transfer label and tag materials, click here.
Thermal Transfer Ribbons (Black or Color)
We also manufacture and sell barcode ribbon (also known as thermal transfer ribbon) for your barcode printer.
Our barcode ribbon is sold at a direct low price, from general-purpose black wax ribbon to black wax-resin ribbon and black resin thermal transfer ribbon for every thermal printer brand.
QuickLabel manufactures the largest variety of spot color thermal transfer ribbons in the industry. No one has as many thermal transfer ribbons colors as us.
- Black Barcode Printer Ribbon: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin, Special Resin
- Color Thermal Transfer Ribbons: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin
Laser / LED Labels
We’ve even developed special materials that are capable of withstanding high fusing temperature while producing vivid, long-lasting printed labels that resist moisture, UV light, abrasion, and most solvents – even without lamination.
Our labels are able to portray highly accurate design and multi-level shading for superior print quality and clarity. To read descriptions of our Laser / LED label and tag materials, click here.
All in all, we have label materials for any and all product labeling requirements. No matter what industry or storage specifications, we make sure our labels always remain durable and maintain high quality.
Our labels are available for competitor printers as well, allowing you to experience the value and ergonomic pricing of our products without owning a QuickLabel printer.
To shop our complete list of labels and ribbons and learn more about what we offer, visit our supply store!