Supporting FDA Labeling Compliance
The Food and Drug Administration has strict rules in place to ensure that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. As on-the-go foods and convenience items like meal kits are moving from shelf to cart with increasing frequency, the need for a comprehensive labeling solution, complete with features that encourage compliance, is greater than ever.
Navigating the Rules
The font size for ingredients can’t be too small, calories should be in the largest point size on the nutrition label and the nutrition panel font should be different from the rest of the label. And, there are even more rules and regulations with which you must comply. It’s a lot to manage without a comprehensive system in place.
On-demand printers like The Merchandiser® simplify a process that has the potential to be filled with costly errors and omissions. The Merchandiser’s® software adheres to government regulations, which means that as long as you input information that is accurate and reliable, The Merchandiser® gives you the framework to be compliant.
The Merchandiser® database supports the new fields required for Nutrition Facts so you can feel confident that your labels are aligned with the latest FDA regulations. With the flexibility to choose from a variety of nutrition panels, you have the option to design your labels to fit your merchandising and packaging needs. No matter which design you select, any label that prints from The Merchandiser® will have the correct nutrition panel layout, fonts and font sizes, which means that all you have to worry about is inputting the correct nutrition and ingredient information.
The Merchandiser® also makes it simple to adjust ingredients or make other product changes, a feature that is increasingly useful during periods of product shortages. The Merchandiser® guides you along the way, prompting you to enter the required information.
Notably, The Merchandiser® is the only software in the retail space that is certified by National Weights and Measures as a scale system controller.
What if I’m Not Compliant?
When it comes to food labeling, errors are costly. The FDA issues fines for noncompliance, and those fines have the potential to add up quickly. It is in your best interest to implement a solution like The Merchandiser® that gives you the best chance of being, and remaining, compliant.
We’re Here to Help
With 35 years of industry experience, our team is here to help guide you as you sort through the nuances of FDA regulations and requirements. Version 3 of The Merchandiser’s® software is compliant with current FDA regulations. Not sure what version you’re running? Been a while since you’ve updated software? We’re here to help. Check in with our service team to ensure that your system is running the latest software, complete with the most recent updates. Regulations change frequently and it is your responsibility to ensure that you remain complaint with the legal requirements for food labeling.