But while trying to catch the consumer’s eye, there are still regulations products must follow. So how can you make your custom cosmetic labels both attractive and effective?
First Things First: Product Requirements
Regardless of your product line, you need to be aware of the industry requirements.
According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it is prohibited to market cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded as well as while in interstate commerce.
FDA regulations are required for any product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering appearance.
A cosmetics label is considered misbranded if:
- labeling is false or misleading
- label does not state the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor or the net quantity of contents
- the required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers under customary conditions of purchase and use the container or its fill is misleading
Read the full list of FDA cosmetics labeling standards here.
Make Compliance Easier
Ensure products meet all FDA regulations and easily maintain labels with an in-house label printer – this includes overseas, certifying compliance within each country.
Printing in-house also offers a much more affordable option compared to outsourced printing.
By printing in your facility, you have the ability to produce large or short runs of labels as needed with expiration dates, ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications.
Check out some of our favorite commercial color label printer options here!
Make Sure Your Products Have What They Need
In addition to FDA requirements, environmental exposure can require a higher need for durability.
If you offer lotion, body wash or facial cleansers, you may want to consider a printer that applies water-resistant labels. This will help protect your labels fading or peeling.
Utilizing these resistant labels will bring your products to another level of professionalism. By adhering to both FDA standards and product needs, your cosmetics will perform effectively.
Watch how CJ’s Unique Boutique uses their durable QuickLabel printer to label all of their lotions and creams:
Stand Out On The Shelves!
Looks matter in this industry.
Makers of cosmetics and personal care products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels. One body lotion alone can be available in dozens of different scents, array of bottles, tubs and more.
Your product packaging is what makes you stand out from the competition. What catches eyes on the shelves can be the difference between the purchase of your brand over a competitors.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to enhance your cosmetics label designs, an in-house label printer is the best solution.
Not only will printing cosmetics labels in-house save money, but it is perfect for short-runs of seasonal products, new scents, sizes and formulations – especially when it comes to the design process.
Using your own label printer will allow you to control your label from start to finish – making sure it showcases your product as envisioned.
Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective With The Kiaro!
“It’s a cost effective time saving printer. It creates excellent quality labels for our packaging, and I couldn’t be happier.”
– Ryan Flynt, CJ’s Unique Boutique
By acknowledging your products packaging design, durability of labels and FDA standards, custom cosmetics labels are able to function effectively while attracting consumers to your products.
If you’re interested in learning more about creating eye-catching labels in your own facility, feel free to check out our website!
What is the Drug Quality Security Act?
The Drug Quality Security Act (DQSA) is an important US law that aims to create and establish an electronic traceability system for pharmaceutical drugs. As of January 2015, the new serialization system began.
What is a DQSA-Compliant Label?
With this new policy, prescription drugs will now be tracked by the FDA. They’ll be tracked down to the individual dose by a serial number that will be printed right on the label of your prescription drugs. The serial number will be stored in an FDA database. If you’re wondering what the label needs to look like, it’ll be something like this:
But what truly are the benefits of traceability? Well, first and foremost, it’s important to comply with federal regulations. But, besides that, you can actually enhance the reputation of your brand, and draw attention to your safe practices.
Along with those benefits, traceability also:
- Promises consumer safety
- Protects your product from fraud and counterfeiting
- Improves your product’s efficiency
- As of January 2015, the lot-level traceability system begins.
- As of late November of 2017, manufacturers will be required to serialize pharmaceutical products.
- By November 27, 2023, the law will require the complete transition to an electronic, interoperable traceability system at the package level. (source)
Why do we need the DQSA?
The DQSA keeps consumers safer. You may recall the incident in 2013 in which a strain of fungal meningitis was spread via a small compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The DQSA was strengthened as a direct result of that event.
The new DQSA serialization requirement will allow the FDA to view a product’s history, much like a browsing history on an Internet application. By allowing the FDA to view history, it will enable suspect products and illegitimate products to be sniffed out and taken care of before a consumer gets to them.
Who Does the DQSA affect?
- Wholesale distributors
- Third-party logistics
All of these groups will have different rules to follow when it comes to complying with the Drug Quality and Security Act.
- Manufacturer: When the DQSA defines a manufacturer, it means a company that:
“(A) Holds an application approved under section 505 or such a license issued under section 351 or the Public Health Service Act for such a [pharmaceutical] product, or if such a product is not the subject of an approved application or license, the person who manufactured the product.
(B) a co-licensed partner of that company
(C) an affiliate of that company that receives the product directly from the producer or a co-licensed partner (Section 581)
- Re-Packager: A re-packager is considered “a person who owns or operates an establishment that repacks and re-labels a product or package for further re-sale or distribution without a further transaction.” (Section 581)
- Third Party Logistics:Third Party Logistics is the activity of outsourcing activities related to Logistics and Distribution. (Logistics List)
- Wholesale Distributor: A Certified Wholesale Distributor is a company who handles the wholesale shipments for the manufacturer of a product (or in some cases is the product manufacturer). They have a warehouse, distribution center and ship products directly to the retailer. (World Wide Brands)
Your product labels can do more than just comply with the DQSA serialization requirement. They can show your commitment to safety by using photos, graphics, and color codes to assists patients and caregivers. Printing a color label with a photo of a pill that matches the correct dosage, printing a label with a photograph of a patient, and printing labels with color coded areas will all increase patient safety. We recommend that you investigate the benefits of using a Kiaro! color label printer to print your pharmaceutical labels.
If You Want to Know More…
- Drug Quality & Security Act: Meeting Supply Chain Responsibilities http://www.fdli.org/docs/dqsa-2014/e-jungman_fdli-dqsa-2-20-14.pdf?sfvrsn=0
- Pharmaceuticals, Traceability, E-Pedigree, and Obama’s ‘Other’ Healthcare Law http://supplychaindharma.com/pharmaceuticals-traceability-e-pedigree-obama-healthcare-law
- Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/drugintegrityandsupplychainsecurity/drugsupplychainsecurityact/
Dietary Supplement Labels Prove to be Just as Information-Rich as Food Labels
We are often asked to provide an overview of the labeling requirements for dietary supplements such as vitamins, herbal supplements and other functional foods. Here is the best information we can find about the requirements for marketing and labeling dietary supplements.
What is a Dietary Supplement?
In the United States, the term “dietary supplement” is defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, dietary substances used to supplement the diet by increasing total dietary intake and concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract or a combination of any ingredient listed above.
The Primary Display Panel on a Dietary Supplement Includes:
- Statement of identity (common name used for item)
- Brand Messaging
- Statement of net quantity of ingredients
- Nutrition labeling
- Ingredients list
- Name and address for the manufacturer, packer or distributor
If you’re trying to imagine where the Principle Display Panel (PDP) might be located on a package, just think of it as being on the part of the package that the consumer is most likely to see, and you’ll find it there.
This, along with the name and place of business as well as another separate information panel, (located immediately to the right of the PDP) is required. A supplement cannot include any other information, therefore only the essential information is presented on the PDP and can then be directly communicated to consumers. When creating a PDP label, the type style is as important as the information included so the label is easily readable. Along with ease of use, primary display labels should be both gorgeous and professional so they can attract customers and differentiate your brand from others. The Kiaro! QuickLabel label printer prints high-quality, distinctive labels in little time, making it easy to update the look of your labels and help your business grow.
Size of Letters on a Supplements PDP Label
The type size must be 1/16 (0.0625”) in height on the lower case letter “o” and must not be more than three times as high as the letters are wide. The lettering must contrast with the background color. For this reason, supplement facts panels generally and generally these labels have white backgrounds with black lettering.
Statement of Identity:
A statement of identity is used to recognize a common name which describes a single item and this must be placed on the PDP. Within the statement of identity, there are multiple requirements for identifying dietary supplements. These include: use of the term “dietary supplement” or, manufacturers can replace the word “dietary” and use an ingredient name in its place. For example, “calcium supplement” or “vitamin B12 supplement” are common supplements seen on the shelves of stores. The statement of identity must be one of the most important features on the PDP and its bold type size must be more prominent than other features on the front panel of the label, located parallel to the base of the package.
Net Quantity of Contents:
The net quantity of contents is defined as the amount of supplement in the container or package and can be expressed either in weight, measure, numerical or in both. If a net quantity is being defined in weight, it must be expressed in the metric or the US customary system. The weight is defined as the weight of the supplement itself. The weight of the container isn’t included in this measurement, except in cases where the supplement is designed to deliver results under pressure.
The net quantity of contents must be located on the product label as a distinct item on the bottom 30% of PDP, parallel with the base of the container. If the product is less than 5 square inches, the bottom 30% location is not a requirement.
How to Format the Net Quantity Statement on a Dietary Supplement Label
The quantity information should be prominent and easy to read with lettering no more than 3 times as high as they are wide and must have a background that is significantly contrasting the letter color. The type and font requirements are the same as what is listed above in the general information section.
If a net quantity is being defined in weight, it must be expressed in the metric system or the US customary system. The weight is defined as the weight of the supplement itself. The weight of the container isn’t included in this measurement, except in cases where the supplement is designed to deliver results under pressure.
Supplement Facts Panel Requirements:
A nutrition label for dietary supplements is called a Supplement Facts Panel. The required information on a Supplement Facts label includes:
- Serving size information
- Names and quantities of each ingredient
- Total calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron
- Dietary ingredients with no daily value must be listed by common name
- Amount per serving (this can be worded as: amount per capsule, packet, per 2 tablets, etc.)
- Percent daily value must be declared on all dietary ingredients
For dietary supplements, this label is not required to present information regarding vitamins and minerals. A declaration is only required when the vitamin/mineral is added to the product for the purpose of supplementation or if a claim is made about them (please see the claims section below).
How to Format a Supplement Facts Panel
The formatting of the Supplement Facts panel is strictly proscribed. For example, the panel must be enclosed in a box. The title must be larger than all other print and it, along with headings, must be bolded. The type must be easy to read with black lettering and letters that are upper and lower case. If the package is less than 12 square inches in total area, all letters can be uppercased.
Ingredient Listing Requirements:
Any compound used in the manufacture of a dietary supplement is considered an ingredient. An ingredient statement is needed unless the product ingredients are listed under the supplement facts label. Ingredients are required to be listed in descending order of prominence by weight. Ingredient listings should also include the use of spices, natural and artificial flavors.
How to Format the Ingredients Listing on a Dietary Supplement Label
The ingredient list is located directly below the nutrition label with type size no less than 1/16 inches (0.0625”) in height. The Kiaro! label printer can easily print small type in legible, fine detail thanks to its 1200 dpi print quality. The Kiaro! label printer will also give you the flexibility to handle changes – you simply make a text change to your digital label files and re-print your labels instantly!
Warning Statement Requirements on a Dietary Supplement Label
Dietary supplements must include a warning statement on their packaging. This statement must be placed prominently on the information panel located on the product’s immediate container. The text of the warning statement must be: “WARNING: accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Be Careful About Making Health Claims on a Dietary Supplement Label
A claim describes a relationship between a dietary ingredient and reducing the risk of a disease or health-related condition. If a dietary supplement uses a claim on its packaging, a supplemental facts panel is required. Disclosure statements also fall under the claims category and are defined as a statement that calls the consumer’s attention to specific ingredients. Disclosure statements are required when nutrient content claims are used. For example, a disclosure statement might read, “Please see the nutrition information for sodium content”.
How to Submit Your Supplement Label for FDA Review
You will need to submit your dietary supplement to the FDA for a safety review. To do this, you must send the information to the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD20740. An original and two copies of the notification must be submitted.
A manufacturer is required to submit a notification to the FDA at least 75 days before delivering the supplement for interstate commerce. If a new ingredient is added to a supplement, the manufacturer is required to notify the FDA before it enters the market for consumer use. Note: If a supplement was developed before October 15, 1994, the FDA does not require that it be reviewed before entering the marketplace.
For more detailed information about labeling dietary supplements, please visit:
When compared to labeling of organic foods, the labeling of conventional foods has been lightly regulated by the FDA. But that may all change soon. As of September 2013, proposed legislation plans to allow the FDA to more tightly control how manufacturers label foods both to communicate and visually present information to consumers.
For years on end, shopping for healthy foods has been a struggle for some consumers due to the confusing labeling on shopping items. New legislation titled, The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013 was announced in September 2013 and aims to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority when it comes to monitoring food and beverage labeling for conventional foods.
To be clear, “conventional food” items are on the opposite end of the spectrum from organic food items. They are foods that are produced with pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, or hormones. Conventional foods are the subject of the proposed new labeling requirements.
Under this Act, the FDA would be directed to establish a standard symbol system for front-of-packaging (FOP) labeling on conventional foods. Essentially, the Act aims at giving the consumer more knowledge about the food they’re consuming.
How your labels might change under the Food Labeling Modernization Act:
Front of Package Standards:
- If the principle display panel (PDP) does not include summary nutrition information that mirrors the nutritional value of the food, the food will be deemed as misbranded
- Labeling must use a simple, clear labeling design including calorie and nutrient information
- The PDP must disclose information regarding use of added color, non-caloric sweeteners, added flavoring and sugar alcohols on all products. Added color disclosure applies to all products excluding, ice creams, butters and cheeses.
- Declaration of added sugars per serving statement on label.
- Percent of daily calories recommended for consumption statement will be added.
- Declaration of caffeine added if amount is 10mg or over from all sources.
- Ingredient listing formats will be changed for easier reading. Changes include: upper and lower case characters, a non-condensed font type, separation of ingredients with bullet points and a higher color contrast between the text and the background.
- More regulations would be put in place on use of nutrient content claims for cholesterol, saturated and trans fats.
- Natural foods are misbranded if they contain any artificial ingredient or coloring, or if they include ingredients that are chemically altered. Examples of such ingredients include: high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, chemically modified starch, cocoa processed with alkali or any other artificial ingredient specified by the FDA.
Whole Grain Foods:
- If a product claims that it is “whole grain” or “whole wheat”, the percentage of whole grains or whole wheat must be clearly identified next to the label.
- In order for a product to be deemed as “healthy”, at least half of the grains in the food have to be whole grain.
- A product that can be consumed on a single occasion will be deemed as “single serving”.
The big picture: what these labeling changes mean
Both the FDA and its Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) have identified these new regulations as top priority and have goals at changing the way that conventional food items are labeled to create smarter and easier shopping experiences for consumers. In their push to create smarter shoppers, the FDA aims to create food labels that are easier to read and understand. Although there is skepticism over whether the bill will actually pass, it will play an important role in proposed FDA regulations that are expected for the coming year.
What these changes mean for YOU, and how QuickLabel can help
According to the bill, big changes for food labels are in store. Not only will there be added ingredient information, but the formatting for labels will be changed as well. Under the bill, the FDA would be required to offer guidance on requirements to food manufacturers and likewise, manufacturers would be required to provide documentation to the FDA that validates their claims within 90 days of the request.
QuickLabel printers are here to help. With the Kiaro! inkjet label printer, labels are printed instantly and label changes can be made easily through our easy-to-use Custom QuickLabel labeling software, allowing you to conveniently change your label designs without having to pre-order entirely new labels for your products. The Kiaro! inkjet label printer will not only save you time and energy ordering new labels, it’s also going to be less expensive than other label printing options.
More Resources About the Food Labeling Modernization Act:
- Time for Food Labeling Reform? Introducing the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013. http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_blog_hyman_phelps/2013/09/time-for-food-labeling-reform-introducing-the-food-labeling-modernization-act-of-2013-.html
- Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013. http://www.cov.com/files/Publication/911ff55e-db6a-49c4-a119-06854df9ffaa/Presentation/PublicationAttachment/90cc6e1b-c550-4de0-9b11-0f56072158fe/Food_Labeling_Modernization_Act_of_2013.pdf
Have you seen foods labeled “gluten-free” in your local grocery store? Chances are, you have. But what does it mean for a product to truly be gluten-free?
Until recently, there have been no set government standards on the amount of gluten a food can contain to be labeled “gluten-free.” With an increasing number of Americans living with celiac disease, the FDA has officially defined gluten-free, putting in place a new set of standards for food producers to label their products as gluten-free.
The new label standards
Previously, manufacturers of gluten-free foods were able to say that their product was gluten-free, even if it that was not 100% true. Now, to be able to label a product as gluten-free, it must contain 20 parts per million of gluten or less. This amount has been recognized as small enough that someone with celiac disease would not be affected by it.
The FDA will allow food producers to label their products as gluten-free if the food does not contain any of the following:
- Any ingredients that are wheat, rye, barely, or a crossbreed of those grains
- An ingredient derived from these grains that has not been processed to remove gluten
- An ingredient derived from these grains that has been processed to remove gluten, but the food still contains more than 20 parts per million of gluten
The FDA will allow manufacturers until August 5, 2014 to have their labels comply with the new rules. Any food that claims to be “free of gluten” “without gluten” or contain “no gluten” must also follow these rules.
Products will be clearly marked stating that it is a “certified gluten-free” product. Many products that have always been gluten-free will also label their packages stating that they are and have been gluten-free.
Living gluten free
For people with celiac disease, this new rule is exactly what was needed. Following a gluten-free diet is certainly not easy, and now those with celiac disease will be able to confidently consume products that are said to be gluten-free.
The food industry is adapting their ways and making versions of their products that are gluten-free, to fulfill the demand for such products. Many restaurants are also now offering more gluten-free options on their menus to work with the needs of those living gluten-free.
Sales of gluten-free products are expected to continue to grow, as it already brought in over 4 billion dollars in the past year. Following a gluten-free diet will now be easier than ever for anyone who is living with celiac disease or is sensitive to gluten. You will soon notice more and more gluten-free labels on the shelves of your grocery store, and more and more happy people not having to worry as much about their gluten intolerance.
What is celiac disease?
Many people believe that following a diet that is either low or free of gluten is beneficial to their health. Other people, such as those living with celiac disease have no choice but to read their food labels and be sure that what they are consuming contains as little amount of gluten as possible.
What exactly is celiac disease? Gluten intolerance, often known as Celiac disease, is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food, all triggered by the consumption of gluten. As the villi becomes damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment and further complications in the body. So essentially, the body is attacking itself each time gluten is consumed.
Celiac disease can affect both men and women and currently affects at least 3 million Americans, with many left undiagnosed. Individuals with celiac disease spend a lot of time being sure that the foods they are eating are gluten free. Until now, the FDA did not have any strict rules on what constitutes a “gluten-free” product; rather the manufacturer determined how much gluten would be included in the product.
Where exactly is gluten found?
Gluten is a protein that is naturally found in wheat, rye, barley, and any crossbreed of these grains. Someone who is gluten intolerant would need to avoid these foods and any product that they would be found in, such as pasta and breads, to name a few. When completely cutting out foods high in gluten, people with gluten sensitivity immediately notice a difference in their overall health.
Individuals following a gluten-free diet find many foods to substitute those that contain gluten, but sometimes the labels might have been hard to trust. A product could have claimed to be “gluten-free” yet still contained enough gluten to cause problems. Following a gluten-free diet is key to anyone with celiac disease, and the FDA is making that easier to do now.
For more information about the new gluten-free labeling rules, and living gluten free, visit these great websites:
Video: QuickLabel Visits O&H Danish Bakery to See How the Kiaro! Label Printer Adds to Their Sweet Success
O&H Bakery Loves the Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer
We recently visited O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. This family bakery is a tradition in the area, and all over the world. Their most well known product is the traditional Danish kringle. This labor intensive flakey buttery pastry with delicious filling is popular not only in all of their Racine retail locations, but also all over the world. O&H ships their melt-in-your-mouth kringles globally.
O&H loves working with QuickLabel Systems for many reasons O&H President and Owner Eric Olesen said, “Our bakery was founded on a principle of if we are going to do something let’s do it well and knowing that we can do something well still isn’t good enough, we want to continue to get better at what we do. One of the reasons that we chose Kiaro! for a label printer is that we really like the quality. I’m a firm believer that people eat with their eyes. Part of the experience of shopping for bakery is not looking just at the bakery but the first thing they are going to see many times it the label that’s on the bakery product. So we really want good detail, one that’s well representing that image that we are trying to portray on the label and I think that the Kiaro! printer does just that for us.”
O&H Danish kringles come in a wide variety of flavors. Personally I loved the one with cherry filling. We were also lucky enough to sample some of their other baked goods which include pies, cookies, breads, cakes, and much more. I highly recommend all of the flavors though, so go ahead and order a kringle today!
O&H loves the possibilities that the Kiaro! provides. They value the savings they get and being able to keep up with FDA label requirements and ever changing ingredients without ever wasting a roll of labels.
Of course they also love the quality of the printer and labels Wendy Xavier, Administrative Quality Control Manager explained. “The most impressive feature of the Kiaro! is the quality of the picture. The round labels that we do, those are my favorite because it has a picture of the bakery on it. It’s very clear and it’s just really good quality.
If you would like to see for yourself how the Kiaro! inkjet label printer will help you gain more customers schedule an in-person demonstration in your office or factory.
The Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer is perfect for Printing Nicotine Replacement Product’s Labels
With the ever increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies, manufactures need to be ready for change. The Kiaro! inkjet label printer, has proven to be a perfect solution for electronic cigarette and eLiquid manufacturers thanks to the affordability, speed, label quality, and flexible options for sizes and label materials.
What Products May Help Smokers Quit?
There are four main products that can help people quit smoking; nicotine gum, electronic cigarettes, transdermal nicotine patch, and nicotine lozenge products. There is certainly a lot to consider in determining the best method for you. If you have questions about quitting smoking, you should certainly contact your doctor.
According to the FDA there is now enough research on the use of nicotine gum, transdermal nicotine patches, and nicotine lozenge products for helping people to quit smoking to change label regulations. “The changes that FDA is allowing to these labels reflect the fact that although any nicotine-containing product is potentially addictive, decades of research and use have shown that NRT (nicotine therapy replacement) products sold OTC do not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence. The changes being recommended by FDA include a removal of the warning that consumers should not use an NRT product if they are still smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff or any other product that contains nicotine—including another NRT.”
Here is a visual example of the proposed changes on nicotine replacement therapy labels from the FDA.
No Smoking? Try Vaping!
Many people are now quitting or avoiding smoking due to health risks and laws banning smoking from many public places. Many people find it hard to quit even with the use of nicotine replacement products as they miss the routine or ritual of smoking. Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes that create vapor rather than smoke. Vaping has become much more mainstream and recognized as socially acceptable. In fact, some people use it as a social pastime. With the ever-increasing popularity of vaping, there are more and more electronic cigarette manufacturers, many of whom are turning to the Kiaro! label printer to help grow their business.
The Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer Meets the Needs of Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers
If you are a maker of eLiquid or ejuice for electronic cigarettes, you probably have a variety of different flavors of eLiquid. By now you’ve probably discovered that it costs you a lot to buy printed labels for each eLiquid flavor you sell. The solution if to print eLiquid labels yourself, using the desktop Kiaro! inkjet label printer. You’ll print bottle labels only when you need them, in the exact quantity you need (so there are no extra labels to keep in inventory!)
The Kiaro! continues to prove itself as the ideal solution for manufacturers of electronic cigarettes, refill cartridges, and for the eliquids or ejuice that create vapor. This is because of the Kiaro!’s low cost per label, high speed, and on demand printing capability. With the Kiaro!, here is no need to keep printed labels in stock, as you will have the ability to print thousands of labels an hour at the touch of a button. Thanks to its 1200 dpi photo-quality label printing, you will also be able to print legible text even at a small font size, so you can fit any and all necessary information on every label.
How You Can Start Enjoying the Benefits of a Kiaro! Label Printer
If you want sample labels, or to see your own label artwork printed with the Kiaro! contact us today to schedule a 15-minute in-person demonstration of the Kiaro! in your factory or office! With a price tag of less than $10,000 and an option for a 0% interest lease deal on the Kiaro!, we know your business and wallet will love what the Kiaro! can do for you.
Nutrition Labels Turn 20, FDA Decides It May Be Time for them to Have a Face Lift
Just as I started to write this, I decided to make a trip to the vending machine for pretzels. As I devoured the whole bag, I glanced at the tiny nutrition label on the back of the package. Much to my surprise, the little bag has two servings! I definitely did not mean to eat that many calories in pretzel sticks today!
We all know that many containers that seem like single servings actually have the nutrition facts labeled as more than one. This can be tricky, and easily lead to overconsumption. Despite the plethora of nutrition facts on a label (is it too much?), consumers are often missing or misinterpreting the important stuff!
The US Food and Drug Administration is hoping to amend current regulations to “modernize it” ..The proposed rule is intended to build a food safety system for the future that makes modern, science-, and risk-based preventive controls the norm across all sectors of the food system.”
An article from The Washington Post points out that one of the important issues that should be addressed is “that the standard label offers two dozen numbers. But who, other than a nutritionist, might know whether to put back a food that is high in vitamin C and fiber — but also high in sodium and saturated fat?”
Some of the things that are being reviewed are whether consumers are more likely to make healthy choices if the label is formatted differently, such as in a different font, type size, and other changes.
If you would like to, or need to update your nutrition labels, we have a printer that is ideal for printing small text very clearly. The Kiaro! inkjet label printer allows you to fit all of the necessary information on your label in a clear and attractive way.
The importance of meeting label regulations for food and beverage companies is obvious. Being slowed down or facing fines because of incorrect or inadequate labeling can be financially detrimental.
Luckily, with the Kiaro! label printer it is so fast and easy to print labels of any batch size, so you can make changes to your labels at a moment’s notice.
If you would like to learn more about how the Kiaro! can help your business meet label requirements while still looking great, please schedule an in-person demonstration at your office.
Labels Make for Safe Summer Fun!
It’s summer, and you probably have a lot of things on your mind. Things like the beach, popsicles, ice cream, fireworks, pool days, relaxing, and BBQs. If so, there is something else you should be thinking about: LABELS!
Sunscreen labels are important
Not all sunscreens are created equally and you may be getting tricked by the label on yours. It’s not too late! Now is the time to take notice of sunscreen labels. Notice I said sunscreen, not sun block. That is because it is now against regulations to market it as sun block. Also no longer allowed, are “sweat-proof” and “water-proof” sunscreens. There is no product that blocks all UV rays, and there are no products that won’t need to be re-applied during a day of swimming.
Did you know some sunscreens contain harmful, potentially carcinogenic chemicals that get absorbed into one’s skin? I guess you now want to know what to look for, and what to avoid in sunscreens. Keep in mind though, that companies have until December of this year to get their products updated. Check here for information about which chemicals to avoid and a list of best and worst sunscreens. And, as far as babies go, it’s actually best to avoid using sunscreen on them. Instead, keep babies out of direct sunlight.
Labels to look for when having a cookout
How about BBQs? That’s a bit more fun than sunscreen, right? I hope you get to enjoy plenty of fun summer cookouts with your family and friends. For those who like burgers and steaks on the grill, there is important label news for you too!
Meat labels may be a little trickier than you thought, but thanks to us you will soon know exactly what to look for. Important words to look for on the label are “hormone free” and “antibiotic free,” “free range,” and “certified organic.”
Some words that are frequently used on meat labels don’t carry much meaning. These are words that have no legal definitions in regards to using them on labels, or they are words that apply to all meats in general. These words are essentially meaningless on meat labels: “grass-fed” (implies the animal has eaten grass at some point), “humanely raised,” “local,” and “sustainable.” You can read more about meat labels here.
Fireworks labels are important!
Who doesn’t love fireworks?! Fireworks can bring fun and excitement to a summer gathering, but only if they are used safely. Make sure to read these safety tips if you will be using fireworks. It is very important to buy legal fireworks which will have a clear label with instructions as well as the manufacturer’s name. The label will also have information regarding safe storage of unused fireworks. Even if you think you know how to properly use the fireworks, make sure to review the label closely, and then enjoy the show!
I LOVE labels, but that doesn’t mean I want to EAT them!
One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of yummy fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless, and it always leads to much more inspired cooking on my part than in the dreary winter months. I have a few tips to best enjoy your summer fruits and vegetables.
It’s very important to be careful to properly clean these fresh foods before enjoying them, also making sure to remove any labels at that time. Taking a few minutes to wash produce will get rid of most pesticides and bacteria. The best way to make sure that your produce is clean and healthy for you to eat is to rinse thoroughly with water and then spray with a mixture of 3 cups of water and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Then rinse again and eat raw or prepare your produce in some of my favorite ways.
I hope you have a fantastic summer full of fun! Keep in mind these important summer label tips to keep yourself and your family safely having fun in the sun. For fun summer ideas take a look at our QuickLabel Pinterest boards.
There has been a lot of recent debate about nutrition facts labels. The question is: are they really useful and effective for consumers who are trying to make healthy eating choices? Or should they be changed?
This issue is that many of us don’t really read or understand the nutritional information that is presented to us. (Yes, it’s ok to admit it, because I’ll admit that even working for a label company, I still get confused by nutrition facts panels). Right now one of the biggest concerns with Nutrition Facts Panels is that they are outdated – the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA) which created nutrition facts labels as we know them today was passed in 1990.
To help me – and you – get a better understanding of the nutrition facts label changes that could be coming our way, I participated in a webinar put on by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an association of 300 leading food, beverage, and consumer product companies. Here are some highlights:
Label Reform Options Being Evaluated:
- Nutrition Label Format Changes
- Serving Size Changes
- Calorie Declaration Changes
- Required and Permitted Nutrients Statement Changes
- Daily Values Changes
- Dietary Context for Trans Fat Declarations
- Impact of Changes on Nutrition Claims
Label Reform Options in Detail:
Nutrition Label Format: The FDA conducted an experimental study on nutrition label formats this past summer (2011). According to the GMA, there were 3 specific focuses to the study:
- Consumers’ ability to use the modified Nutrition Facts Panel to calculate calories and estimate serving sizes for their needs
- Consumers’ judgments about the overall healthfulness of the food product
- Consumers’ preferences for the updated Nutrition Facts Panel
This study was web-based and had 10,000 participants. The breakdown of the survey was under 40 conditions.
Findings of the Nutrition Facts Panel Design Study:
Potential changes to nutrition labels were suggested by the FDA’s study of nutrition labels this past summer. The changes are broken down as follows:
Serving Size: Law requires the FDA to define serving sizes on Nutrition Facts Panels. Serving sizes must be presented in realistic amounts that are typically eaten by the normal person and in a common household measure. Serving sizes are determined by RACCs (Referenced Amounts Customarily Consumed).
It is likely that serving sizes will end up being increased because Food Consumption surveys show that larger amounts are eaten today than were eaten the last time serving sizes were evaluated.
- Baked Goods
- Bottled Water/Water Beverages
- Energy Drinks
- Ready to Drink Teas
- Soft Drinks and Diet Soft Drinks
- Sports Drinks
It is not unusual these days for products to contain two servings instead of just one (often found in the products above.) If you do not carefully read the labels on these larger volume foods, you may not realize that your “personal-size” bottle of soda is actually 2 servings. Some questions about serving size include: Should there be certain criteria for serving sizes? Should it differ for each type of food? How about container size?
Trans Fat: The addition of Trans Fat to the Nutrition Facts Panel became a final rule in 2003 and went into effect in 2006. Trans fat labeling is now required on all FDA-regulated foods. Although the USDA/FSIS works in conjunction with the FDA to create nutrition facts panels for the meats, poultry, and eggs that come under USDA/FSIS regulation, they do not require that these products list Trans Fat information on their product labels.
Calorie Prominence: Should Nutrition Facts Panels be updated to give more prominence to the calorie declaration? The visibility of calorie counts seems to be one of the biggest issues when it comes to revising nutrition labels. The FDA’s Obesity Working Group (OWG) is charged with developing a new approach to better to improve the Nutrition Facts Panel in the case of calorie declaration. The goal in improving calorie prominence is to help consumers make better choices to avoid weight gain and reduce obesity. Right now, calories from fat and all calories are both listed on Nutrition Facts Panels.
One new change to the calorie statement may be the declaration of calories from Saturated Fat. The statement of calories from Saturated Fat is currently permitted on Nutrition Facts Panels but is seldom included. One of the biggest considerations is the current letter type size used to print calorie declarations. Right now calories are listed in the same type size as everything else, but making a change that so that the count is more prominent (bold face, bigger type size) is under consideration.
One thing that has become clear during research by the FDA Consumer Facts Group is that consumers don’t observe changes in calories until the change is pointed out to them. So, to improve the visibility of calories, the following ideas are being considered:
- Increase the font size for calorie statements
- Provide daily value percentages for calories
- Eliminate calories from the fat declaration
There are many questions about what should be done to better emphasize the amount of calories in food and beverage items:
- Would consumers’ awareness of calorie counts increase if the declaration was more prominent?
- How should it be made more prominent? Bold type? Different placement? etc.
- Would a percent daily value for calories be helpful or confusing?
- Do consumers actually use the “calories from fat” declaration? What do they think it means?
- Would putting more emphasis on the calories declaration cause the food and beverage industry to reformulate or repackage their food items?
- Should foods be reformed to reduce calories?
- Should packaging be “calorie controlled” (i.e. 100 calorie packs)
- Should “front of pack labeling” be mandated?
% Daily Values: Some of the details being looked at for Daily Values (% DV) are:
- What kind of metrics should be used to measure %DV?
- Can any items currently required on nutrition labels be made voluntary or removed completely?
- What sort of effect would removing or making certain facts voluntary have on consumer understanding of %DV?
- How will changes to %DV apply to nutrition and health claims?
Nutrition Claims: Right now there are 4 required micronutrients on Nutrition Facts Panels. Should there be additional nutrients on the label?
- 1. Vitamin A
- 2. Vitamin C
- 3. Calcium
- 4. Iron
Now Under Consideration to be Added:
- Vitamin D
6-Months Away from Proposed Changes to Nutrition Labels?
There is no “set-in-stone” timeline for these changes to go into effect, and no firm proposal for change yet. But it is expected that the FDA will make its proposal within the next 6 months.
When the FDA publishes their proposed rules, they will open up a 60-90 day period for public comment. Since this is such a complex subject and since there are a lot of areas under consideration, the GMA estimates that the FDA would most likely take a minimum of one year to review the public comments and determine final rules.
When final rules are decided upon it is predicted that there will most likely be a 2 year period before compliance is required. Two years may seem like a long time but the FDA would likely be considerate considering there would be a complete overhaul of food and beverage packaging. A longer compliance period would also reduce the cost of label changes for manufacturers.
Proposed Rules: Mid 2012
Possible Label Changes & Final Rule: 2014
Estimated Effective Date: January 1, 2016
As you can see we still have a ways to go before food companies need to change their labels and before consumers see different information on the shelf. I’m glad there’s plenty of time to comment on the changes!
Some Questions for you:
- Do You Look at Nutrition Facts Labels?
- Would Changes to Nutrition Labels Change the Way We Eat?