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January 2015

Check the Label!!!

 Have you ever purchased an item in a food handling establishment, but only to realize later that the product is expired? As  Jamaicans we need to pay more attention to what we are purchasing and bringing home to our families. In order for us to be informed consumers, we need to read our labels more often. 

 A label is a tag or other descriptions matter printed, embossed, impressed or attached to the container of a product. This  helps to advertise the product and most importantly gives the consumer information about the product, necessary to make  the best buy. Against that back, this means that it is crucial for a label to be accurate and reflects the true nature of the  product.



 A label consists of two main areas;
  • The main Panel/ principal display panel
  • Information Panel
 The main panel should contain the;
  1.  product name,
  2.  brand of the product
  3. net weight of the product
 The information panel should contain the;
  1.  list of ingredient
  2. country of origin
  3. name and address of processor, manufacture, packer, importer or distributor.
  4. expiry date/best before date
  5.  storage information
  6.  instruction for use
  7.  nutritional information (optional)
  8. Batch code/number
  9. Precautionary statement (warning etc. about the product.)
 N:B.  All information presented must be in English
 In Jamaica the two entities that determine what information is presented on a label are the manufacturer and the Bureau of Standard  Jamaica. With that said it is critical to note that no product should be purchased without a label, most importantly bulk chemicals  and detergents.
 
DO YOU READ THE LABEL WHEN PURCHASING ITEMS? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.