‘It was great to be involved in this project – building a brand new allergen identification labelling system from the ground floor up. Whilst there were many aspects to consider, together we designed a system that met every challenge we faced.’
Our customer, a prominent food manufacturer supplying a major supermarket multiple, invited Piroto to advise on an allergen labelling system for a brand new facility. Before the production facility was fully operational, our customer took the opportunity to consult Piroto about ‘best practice’ in product segregation and identification of allergens and to explore how this might be incorporated into the set-up before the plant became fully operational.
Our customer’s main aim was to develop an allergen identification system that was second to none; including tags and labels that would be easily recognised, both visually and operationally, by production operatives. The manufacturer’s Technical and Operations departments each had their own specific requirements which needed to be taken into account:
We discussed the brief and identified a number of key considerations that would need to be taken into account when specifying a solution. These were:
Initially our client requested a colour coding system with a coloured tag to represent each allergen; five in all. Whilst this seemed like a workable solution, we were able to share our experience with the client and present an alternative that would do a better job. We recommended combining the five colours onto one tag and label with check boxes for each allergen. This simplified the operatives’ task meaning that they would only be looking for one tag or label, plus, checks by the technical team would be easier too. Also, very importantly, stock management of a single allergen tag and label simplified things considerably.
Based on our recommendations a trial was arranged, focussing on the following labelling products;
The trial worked successfully and all departments across the operation adopted the new procedures; finding every aspect of the new allergen identification system really easy to manage.
In the face of stricter controls on allergen identification our client has found the system we implemented easy to use and flexible. In particular:
In addition, the “tick box” method we have developed means that the procedure can accommodate an ever increasing list of allergens that need to be identified.