Food labels are important, more than for providing us with some in-store entertainment while standing at the checkout line. They help us determine that our foods contain what they say they do, and don’t contain the stuff that we don’t want. Seems pretty basic to us now, but back in the day the food industry was the wild-wild-west, full of bad guys putting whatever they wanted into jars and calling it jam.
In the beginning food quality was pretty much thought to be up to the consumer. Food distribution was wholly unregulated and small scale, with oversight being mandated to state lines and mainly concerned with weight, which helped to serve trade interests. When the industrial revolution rolled around the advent of chemical additives and mass product distribution techniques allowed for producers to supply food at an unprecedented rate. Transportation improvements allowed for the widespread distribution of processed goods, allowing for synthetic foods and packaged cereals to dominate shelf-space nation wide.
The lack of government oversight allowed for bad actors to create concoctions of edible and sometimes not-so edible products masked beneath deceiving labels. There were reports of this happening with jam products with some companies blending a combo of tar, apple peels, and sawdust and coal-dye tar together. Producers of high quality goods started to get frustrated with that competitive cost advantage that these inferior products were gaining and began to move towards government action to try to ameliorate the issue.
This is where the first attempt to regulate food quality came in, with the establishment of the 1906 US Pure Food and Drug Act. This act ensured that food quality was the responsibility of the supplier and said that food actually had to contain real, unadulterated ingredients. The social climate of the time impacted the food regulation industry, with things like the woman’s suffrage movement and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” impacting public perception of food safety. These cultural shifts led to the 1938 food drug and cosmetic act, which still shapes many of the food labeling laws that we see today.
Today food labels help keep consumers informed, and work for small businesses to provide assurances that your products are high quality. As a small business owner, if you are ever in need of labeling needs SSI provides reliable printers with easy to navigate interfaces. To find out more click here or call us today at 804.649.1111
The Videojet Unicorn® II large character inkjet printer from Videojet Technologies Inc. is a complete, all-inclusive printing system for reliable and cost-effective single or dual line coding on secondary packaging, such as corrugated boxes and cases. FAlsoPre-loaded, selectable languages and printable characters increase flexibility and improve operator efficiencies by making it easy for operators to change the language required for coding and change the language appearing on the interface. The printer is easy to use and maintain and offers standard print heights up to 1 inch (25 mm) and print speeds up to 200 feet per minute.
“The Videojet Unicorn II printer not only marks cartons, but also provides production information vital to inventory and quality control,” says Tim O’Rourke, Videojet secondary packaging product manager. “Product names, identification numbers, automatic production counts and accurate, to-the-minute time code capabilities are available at the touch of a button. Whatever your coding needs, the Videojet Unicorn printer can be programmed quickly and easily.”
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SSI Packaging is proud to be a distributor of Videojet marking and coding products. SSI Packaging Group is a national leader in coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids, and accessories for the product identification industry. As experts in continuous inkjet (CIJ), drop-on-demand (DOD), thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), array, and laser technologies, SSI Packaging Group, along with Videojet are leaders in the industry and ready to help you pack and track your image today.
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SSI Packaging Group is proud to announce that one of our preferred vendors, Videojet, has released the 9550 Print & Apply Labeling System for secondary packaging. The 9550 is design to eliminate mechanical adjustments, wear parts and failure points in everyday operations. Using the Intelligent Motion™ technology, the system is automatically and precisely controlled.
The unique features of the 9550 include: direct application of labels without an applicator, proven TTO print engine technology, single web path for labels & ribbons, single interface, and Intelligent Motion™ for precise and automatic control of the system.
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