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Food Packaging Mistakes

By November 6, 2012

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Package Label Mistakes Food manufacturers have a responsibility to correctly label the food we buy. An article in Packaging World highlights the issues when that is not done correctly. The article highlights that 2 percent of adults and 5 percent of children in the US have at least one food allergy. Obviously with allergies such as with peanuts can be fatal to some, so packaging food correctly can be a lifesaver.

If food is mislabeled then this can trigger a recall if it has already reached the distribution centers and supermarkets, or if it's still in the warehouse then the food may need to be destroyed. There is an organization that exists to help companies with packaging called the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) which has a plethora of information on food packaging. Packaging World also produces a "Food Safety Playbook" that is invaluable for companies in the food supply chain.

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November 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(1) Neal Davidson says:

Food packaging can be very hot or miss – I have seen wrong labels on some products at the supermarket or labels on top of labels, especially when you get products from overseas that are relabeled. Some of these are just plain wrong.

November 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(2) Debbie says:

Food labeled improperly is really a crime. I am fighting cancer and stay away from any sugary foods. I was eating dried coconut that was labeled one gram of sugar per serving. That is why I bought it. 3 Months later the label had a sticker over it stating 18 grams of sugar per serving. I was pretty upset. I’m sure eating the wrong thing set me back a little on recovery.

November 13, 2012 at 1:33 am
(3) Kimi Lopez says:

My son is very allergic to food additives, not like some people with peanuts and things, but he has rashes and its not pleasant. I do rely on food packaging labels being correct, and I have found that some times they are plain wrong. My sister gave me some cookies from Mexico and I checked the labels, it all looked good. But my son started itching almost immediately, so I checked the label again, and I noticed that the “English” version of the ingredients did not match the Spanish version. I suspect that they left out some additives when they created the English label.

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