Manufacturers should be aware of a few regulation & compliance deadlines approaching
FIC Food Labeling regulations will go into effect December 13, 2014. Labeling on nutritional facts & ingredients must reflect the changes to regulations including allergen information, font size, origin of product, and more details on ingredients.
FIC Regulation changes include:
The look of nutritional labels are required to have adjustments made for more clarity and also for an ‘easy read’ which calls for larger and bolder fonts in some areas and things such as calories, fats, and saturated fats being presented first.
Allergens will also be included in the overhaul on the labels of food products. Food products containing allergens must be more prominently displayed in the ingredients list by some way such as being bolded or highlighted.
Font sizes on labels can be very small especially when you have a product that has a small container. There will now be guidelines based on the amount of space provided to ensure a legible font size.
The regulations on the origin have changed as well. Now it will be required to state where ingredients for the product came from in addition to the place the food was processed/manufactured.
View the proposed changes to the Nutrition Label
Details on FIC’s European Regulation
Read the FIC Regulation
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The deadline to have all hazardous chemicals properly labeled according to OSHA’s GHS (Globally Harmonized System) is just around the corner.
Hazardous materials & GHS Labeling is an effort to make the workplace safer for employees by providing a system with globally recognized symbols. According to the GHS guidelines all chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers are required to have all chemicals labeled with the new classification system by June 1, 2015.
Compliance for the GHS Label includes a new symbol classification or pictograms. These pictograms are enclosed by red diamonds and according to the standard you must only have the corresponding number of diamonds, (no more, no less) that are applicable to the material.
In addition to the pictograms, the GHS Label requirements include Hazard statements, Precautionary Statements, the manufacturer information, and more.
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