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OPERATIONS

LABEL SIMPLIFICATION
GETS BIG THUMBS-UP
FROM INDUSTRY
In December, the Grocery Manufacturers Association
and the Food Marketing Institute put out a joint report
which found that 87% of companies have taken steps
to simplify the use of "use by" and "best if used by" on
their packaging. By 2020, 98% are expected to be on
board, once companies work through their stocks of
existing labels.
"It's very good news," says April Kates, a consultant for
EAS Consulting Group. "The average consumer does
not know the difference between use by and best if used
by. One concerns food safety, one quality.
The simplified food labeling not only has positive food
safety benefits, it also helps reduce food waste, Kates
says. Bakery is one perimeter department in particular
that has welcomed the change, Kates says.
"This was a low cost thing to fix. People have to change
labels anyway - they have to fix nutrition labels, and to
indicate whether a product is bioengineered or not -
so as people change labels, it's not necessarily a major
change to change how they do 'best by' or 'use by.'"

necessary information up in the
market," Kates says. "It's sort of
complicated the way certain
foods are exempt. The rule has a
lot of ins and outs."

Heightened concern
on the perimeter
Labeling is becoming more and
more crucial to retailers and
producers of fresh perimeter
and other foods sold at retail,
says Joanna Mooberry, market
segment manager for Aurora,
Illinois-based Mettler Toledo
CI-Vision, a division of Columbus,
Ohio-based Mettler Toledo.
"People want to ensure that
they're maintaining consistency
and that they're in compliance"
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with the latest labeling regulations and laws, Mooberry says.
"We're definitely seeing a lot more
interest."
Mettler Toledo CI-Vision's vision
inspection systems examine labels
for errors and help ensure that
labels match the contents of their
products. Their computerized
systems are always on, contrasted with companies that rely on
occasional checks by human
beings. Such manual inspections,
Mooberry says, can't keep up with
super-fast production line speeds.
But many still rely on manual
inspection to protect themselves
from product defects.
Interest in CI-Vision, Mooberry
says, is particularly strong among

producers of small batches of
product and global companies
that need to be consistent in
their food label monitoring in all
of the countries where they do
business.
CI-Vision works well at various
points along the supply chain,
Mooberry says. It can be used,
for instance, to check labels on
both bagged salads and on the
crates that are used in the fields
where the lettuce for the salads
is picked.
CI-Vision recently became
certified under CFR Title 21 Part 2,
an industry standard for accurate
electronic recording. Such standards are crucial, Mooberry says,
in the event of a recall traced to
an inaccurate or damaged label.
"What was scanned, when it
was scanned, which plant did it
come from" are among the questions that systems like CI-Vision
that have earned CFR approval
are capable of answering.
CI-Vision can be customized
by individual users to look for
whatever producers deem most
important on a label, e.g. GMOfree, gluten-free, nut-free and a
host of other restrictions related
to allergens, health and other
concerns.
The system can detect not
only missing words but also
labels that have been torn or
wrinkled, rendering certain words
illegible. "Tearing and wrinkling
happens a lot on production
lines," Mooberry says.

Better technology,
better results
Mettler Toledo reports strong
demand for an upgrade to
CI-Vision it introduced in 2016,
Mooberry says. The company's
system can detect errors in ink jet
print, which can be very difficult
to read.
Metter Toledo's visual inspection systems come with

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adjustable user permissions to
help prevent system overrides
from happening - and if they still
do, user tracking in the control
software will show managers
who was responsible for the
override. In addition, Metter
Toledo's systems can be programmed to check all aspects
of a label, from ensuring it's the
correct label to verifying the
readability of its information.
By requiring operators to enter
lot codes multiple times - or
even requiring two separate operators to enter new lot codes -
manufacturers are able to ensure
that the correct lot codes have
been registered, ensuring traceability. Vision inspection systems
will also catch more subtle errors
in label presentation, such as
improperly spelled or illegible
words, unreadable bar codes, and
poor-quality graphics.
Failure to disclose allergens is
one of the biggest mislabeling
problems in the food industry,
Mooberry says. 40% of product
recalls involve allergens.
Mislabeling is particularly a
problem when a product contains
more than one label, she says. A
product containing multiple units,
for instance, often has an ingredients label on the outside packaging and one on each individual
unit. Craft manufacturers also are
more exposed to labeling errors
if they need to frequently change
labels by hand as product changes.
Another problem is equipment
malfunction, which is slightly
less common than human error,
but no less disastrous, according to a Mettler Toledo white
paper. Printers perform multiple
runs of the same label design as
manufacturers need them, which
creates the risk of slight variations in each individual run. The
slightest printer error can prevent
important information from being included on a label.


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Contents
The Wire - Nutrition Facts Label top choice for health info
US artisan, specialty cheese industry tops 1,000 producers
Ancient grains, fresh produce among top 2019 superfoods
Tilapia demand falls worldwide
Traditional supermarkets notch high marks in new survey
Trader Joe’s again tops grocery retailer list
DESIGNED for success
International IMPACT
Spring cakes
Bakery - Donuts
Upscale packaging
Deli - Top trends
Side dishes
Meat & Poultry - Chicken choices
Bargain buys
Produce - Organics
Bananas
Seafood - Salmon
Food safety - Meat and poultry best practices
Commissary Insider - Ovens
SPOTLIGHT - VALUE-ADDED MEATS
TECHNOLOGY - INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
OPERATIONS - FOOD LABELING
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh takes
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Supermarket Perimeter - February 2019 - Ancient grains, fresh produce among top 2019 superfoods
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