Labelling & Packing
Step 12 of 15
Any labels or packaging should correctly communicate the allergen status of the food it is attached to.
For pre-printed labels or packaging ensure that the correct label version used before labelling any packages. This can be done by including version control coding on the label (such as QR coding) or by checking the label against an approved example, against product specifications or a product identification sheet, etc. A process that involves confirming that the correct label is used and signed off by multiple people is encouraged.
Packaging storage should be clearly labelled or coded.
All incorrect versions of the label should be quarantined and disposed of. Stock-takes of labels, and procedures to ensure reconciliation of product packed and labels used should be in place.
When labelling more than one product, ensure steps are in place so that the correct label is used for each product. When changing over from one label to another, ensure that all labels have been completely removed from all equipment and local storage areas. Consider retaining some labels used from the production run for traceability.
A process that involves confirming that the correct label is used and multiple sign offs is encouraged.
Avoid labelling small quantities of product left over from previous runs, alternately implement additional controls to ensure that labelling is correct.
Take additional care to manage labels that appear similar but are for different products which may have different allergen status, and to ensure that front, back, neck and lid labels are all correct for each product.
Left over printed packaging should be disposed of, defaced or destroyed so there is no chance they can be reused.
Check that primary and secondary packaging aligns.