Hey there, foodies and beverage enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into a hot topic that affects every meal and sip you enjoy: labelling in the food and beverage industry. Yep, those little labels on your favourite snacks and drinks matter a whole lot. Let’s break it down and discover why safety always comes first!
Why Labels Matter
Keeping It Crystal Clear
Imagine picking up a can of soda without any label. How would you know what’s inside? Thermal labels are like a food and drink’s identity card, telling you exactly what’s in that packet or bottle. These labels are easily generated using label printers that can easily be gotten from online vendors like CDM labels.
Labels help folks with allergies steer clear of ingredients that could harm them. Peanut allergy? The label will shout if peanuts are in the mix.
Nutritional Info Galore
Counting calories? Want to know how much sugar is in that chocolate bar? Labels spill the beans on nutritional info, so you can make informed choices.
Safety First: What Labels Tell Us
These are like the food’s “best before” sign. Once the date’s up, it might not be safe to eat or drink. Toss it!
The star of the show! It tells you what’s inside. Got a sensitive stomach? Check here first.
For those with allergies, this is a lifesaver. If you see “contains nuts,” you’ll know it’s a no-go.
How many calories? How much fat? Labels spill the beans on nutrition, so you can keep an eye on your health.
Who’s Watching Over Labels?
Food Standards Agency (FSA)
In the UK, the FSA is the label police. They make sure labels are truthful and easy to understand.
Local trading standards teams help enforce label rules and make sure you’re not being misled.
Labelling Pitfalls to Avoid
Beware of labels screaming “healthy” or “natural” when they’re not. Always double-check the ingredients.
Some labels make you grab a magnifying glass! If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.
Missing Allergen Warnings
For allergy sufferers, missing allergen info is like playing Russian roulette. Always check!
Reading Labels Like a Pro
Start at the Top
Ingredients are listed by weight, from highest to lowest. So, if sugar’s at the top, it’s a sugary treat.
Keep an Eye on Portions
The nutritional info is often for a standard portion. If you’re eating more, adjust the numbers.
% Reference Intake
Ever seen “RI” on a label? It’s a guide to how much of your daily allowance that food or drink fills.
Label Language Made Easy
They’re not aliens! E numbers are additives like colourings and preservatives. Some are fine, others best avoided.
Organic means fewer chemicals and better animal welfare. Look for the Soil Association or EU Organic logo.
Support fair wages for farmers. Look for the Fairtrade logo on your coffee, tea, or chocolate.
Remember, those labels on your favourite food and drinks aren’t just pretty pictures and words. They’re your best friends when it comes to staying safe and making healthy choices. Always read them, understand them, and share the knowledge with your fellow foodies. Safety first, taste second!