Food Compliance Checks | How to Correctly Label Your Food | Smart Menu

Katie Paterson

May 4, 2021

We understand the importance of getting labels right the first time and are dedicated to making food safety quick, simple and easy.

Different types of foods and serving methods require different labels. Some requirements that once applied to only retail are now implementing hospitality businesses too.

The most recent steps to amplify food information in hospitality is the introduction of prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) labels, coming into effect from the 1st October 2021, and mandatory calorie labelling in the out of home sector, beginning no earlier than October this year.

What information is required on a food label?

Depending on how you are serving your food depends what information needs to be available to the customers.

Prepacked foods:

All prepacked food requires a food label that displays certain mandatory information. All food is subject to general food labelling requirements and any labelling provided must be accurate and not misleading.

What must be included:

The following information must appear by law on food labels and packaging:

• The name of the food

• List of ingredients

• Allergen information

• Quantitative declaration of ingredients (QUID)

• Net quantity

• Storage conditions and date labelling

• Name and address of manufacturer

• Country of origin or place of provenance

• Preparation instructions

• Nutritional declaration

Non-Prepackaged foods:

• The name of the food,

• The presence of any of the 14 allergens,

• A QUID declaration (for products containing meat)

PPDS Mandatory Labelling requirements

• The name of the food and;

• An ingredients list including allergenic ingredients.

• The allergenic ingredients within the food must be emphasised every time they appear in the ingredients list.

• Storage and usage/cooking instructions

• Indication of minimum durability

Marketing opportunities derived from mandatory food labels

Showcasing the calories, country or origin and nutritional information can be used as part of your marketing strategy. Many customers are more likely to purchase foods labelled as ‘low calorie’ or ‘low fat’ compared to their competitors.

However, these claims must be backed up by data and accurately represent the product being sold.

NT’s Food Labelling Services

We are a food consultancy and software development company. Since our launch in 2002, we have developed and evolved to extend our consultancy offering, complementing it with Smart Software – a range of online software applications. Our highly qualified and experienced consultants are on hand to advise your business on all issues relating to food safety.

What’s more, we have a range of products tailored to help save time and costs – making your due diligence position even stronger. If you are a retailer or manufacturer looking for professional guidance to label your products, our technical services team can check your existing pack copies for legal compliance, or create new ones for you.

Review and approve compliant food labels. Detailed reporting on your label content and outline of your requirements for complying with UK & EU food law.

We also have a helpline to respond to specific questions regarding compliance with food law. Covering a wide range of topics to ensure your legal questions are answered.

NT Assure boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced consultants, on hand to advise businesses on a range of expertise including:

• Food Labelling

• Specification Writing

• Supplier Auditing

• Internal Auditing

• Food Safety/Labelling Training

• Data Management

• Brand Protection

• Non-Food Product Safety

Online menus

With the implementation of PPDS labels and OOH mandatory calorie labelling, it is important that hospitality businesses also have compliant food information available.

This can be done through online menus on websites, apps, and second party delivery companies, or through traditional menus and allergen menus in store.

We recommend investing in an online solution for your food information so that customers can access vital nutrition information whenever they need to. In hospitality there are many business models selling food. For example, caterers, cafes, bars, and takeaway and delivery options.

Our online menu management system Smart Menu gives your customers access to allergen and nutritional information, and the opportunity to view your menu from their own device, reducing the necessity for paper menus.

Smart Menu will automatically update your websites as the supply chain/recipe cycles change, minimising room for error and saving you time!

If you’re interested in our labelling services, get in touch on 01933 272089 or email info@ntassure.com

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