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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.


7 Comments to Check the Label!!!:

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ray ban rb3025 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:15 AM
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crystal nicholson on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:30 AM
I really appreciate this information as I recently purchased an item at a prominent supermarket and the main panel had english that only advertised the name but all other information was in some other language and I found it odd but I purchased it anyway. Thanks for informing me that I should ensure it is in English and not to purchase what I cant read. This site is truly an eye opener.
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Loura Chong Reid on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:52 PM
Hey Crystal! our team are really appreciative of how well received our blogs are. We are very passionate about health and sharing all information that we can to improve the lives of our fellow Jamaicans and others worldwide. Thanks again for visiting and please continue to.
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Loura Chong Reid on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:51 PM
Hey Ran ban rb3025 thanks much. In regards to your question, all our blogs are written by our Environmental Health Specialist.
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Thanks for posting this. I wish it was able to be translated, but for some reason
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