Industrial-scale food producers manage potentially hundreds of individual labels per each product code, item code, SKU, or material items, which creates a headache for version control and maintenance. The complexity of managing so many labels leads to data errors and human errors that negatively affect quality. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the ten most common labeling mistakes food producers make are:

  1. The label is illegible or portions of the label are illegible.
  2. The label is incomplete in that not all required labeling features are provided.
  3. The label application form is incomplete.
  4. The formulation, processing procedure, or supporting documentation do not agree with the information on the label.
  5. Product standards are not met.
  6. Product name is incorrect.
  7. Ingredients statement problems.
  8. Nutrition facts problems.
  9. Nutrient content claims are incomplete or do not comply with regulatory requirements.
  10. Undefined nutrient content claim is used, e.g., leaner, low carbohydrate, very low in fat.

How CAT Squared Makes Managing Labels Easier:

CAT Squared's food labeling software simplifies label management by consolidating many of our customers' labels into a few standard templates. Once configured, the system can use one label template as a dynamic label, automatically pulling product data associated with that product code in the company's database. CAT Squared also supports custom labels since many producers supply and package for customers who require a specific design.

"Our customers use our labeling systems on all types of processes," said Tyler Carroll, CAT Squared's technical project manager. "Some labels are used on completely automated scale lines and others are used with auto print-and-apply stations. Aside from box-end labels, we print labels for pallets, materials, consumer unit price (UPC), etc. When combined with our Receiving Module, Production Control Module, and Warehouse Management Module, our system ensures complete traceability by tracking the movement of all ingredients, supplies, and product inventory through the plant."

For more great information and resources on labeling, click here to download FSIS’s datasheet on how to avoid ten common labeling mistakes.

Request a demo of our food labeling software and a CAT Squared expert will run you through the process, from design to printer to tracking and analysis.

Kathy Barbeire

Written by Kathy Barbeire

Kathy Barbeire is a seasoned professional with a strong track record in leveraging new technology, data analysis, and storytelling to drive organizational success. As the marketing manager at CAT Squared since 2015, Kathy stays updated on industry trends to ensure our products remain adaptable to evolving standards and prepares our customers for disruptive technologies. She actively participates in a blockchain learning group associated with Blockchain for Arkansas (BC4AR), an initiative led by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Kathy's expanding knowledge and expertise enable her to create informative content that educates our supply chain partners and helps them navigate upcoming transitions. Kathy's educational background includes graduating magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing, along with double minors in sociology and information technology. She later completed the MBA program at UALR. Prior to joining CAT Squared, Kathy applied her passion for data-driven storytelling to assist nonprofits in defining goals, tracking program metrics, and engaging donors and community stakeholders. She served as a program manager at the Our House Homeless Shelter in Little Rock and later at The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command.