In an ever-changing regulatory landscape, many of the world’s food and food product suppliers, importers, exporters and retailers rely on SGS to keep them up to date, both locally and internationally, and to conduct their food label reviews.
SGS’ global network of food experts helps you to meet this consumer demand. The company has the local knowledge, language skills and expertise, relieving you of the need to maintain extensive in-house resources.
SGS supports the whole label development process, from a simple label check to verify compliance with food regulations to full language translation and verification of label layout and design. SGS is with you every step of the way.
The consequences of failing to ensure that labels comply with market-specific requirements can be serious, including objections from the authorities, product recalls, and re-labelling, which all add costs and damage reputations.
To reduce your risk of non-compliance, SGS can review food labels against all relevant criteria, including: name of the food, list of ingredients and product composition compliance, allergen information, nutrition labelling, label layout, pictures, language and type size compliance, health and nutrition claims and labelling elements that are required on national basis.
SGS’ offerings include:
- Food label checks in accordance with national/regional requirements
- Translation of relevant information, as prescribed by labelling laws
- Review of translation suggestions
- Reconciliation of requirements between different countries
- Support from label draft to print-ready layout, including a second review to confirm changes are correct
- Claims verification
Wherever you are based, your food label reviews will be performed in co-operation with food experts representing each country where your product will be delivered or imported. This ensures that reviewers are fully conversant with the language, national legal requirements and common practice.
Label management system (LMS)
More than 80 SGS affiliates are connected in LMS to work on food labelling orders. All parties receive updates and have full visibility of progress. The application is supported 24/7, allows multilingual input, with Microsoft® Word editing options, follows SGS guidelines and procedures, and allows direct communication to all parties.
Customers benefit from the speed of food label review orders transmission, the automated process, as well as historical and statistical data maintenance of their orders.
Nutrition and composition
SGS’ food nutrition analysis determines the nutritional content of food products, supporting product claims and ensuring compliance with food industry regulations.
The company’s nutritional and composition tests analyse content such as fats, carbohydrates, food additives, lipo-soluble and hydro-soluble vitamins, vitamin-like substances, minerals and trace elements.