Ensuring Compliance with Food Labeling Standards Using Handheld Inkjet Printers

Navigating the complexities of food labeling regulations is more than a compliance exercise; it's a critical component of consumer safety and market trust. As manufacturers and distributors extend their reach across international borders, understanding and adhering to the diverse food labeling standards from the United States to the European Union, and from Australia and New Zealand to Taiwan, becomes imperative. These regulations not only vary significantly in their requirements but also in how they impact the presentation of essential product information to consumers.

Amidst this regulatory diversity, one innovative solution offers a way to meet global food packaging printing demands efficiently: the handheld inkjet printer. This article delves into the specifics of food labeling regulations in key markets and introduces the handheld inkjet printer as a versatile tool designed to ensure compliance, enhance operational efficiency, and maintain the highest standards of consumer safety.


United States

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversee food labeling standards. The focus is on providing consumers with comprehensive nutritional information and allergen declarations. While there is no federal mandate for "best before" dates, except for infant formula, the method of date labeling (whether via stickers or direct printing) is not explicitly prescribed, allowing for flexibility in compliance methods. For businesses looking to stay ahead and adapt to potential future changes in food labeling regulations, staying informed through official guidance is crucial. For the latest updates and detailed guidance, visiting the FDA Guidance for Food Labeling and USDA websites will provide valuable insights into compliance methods and future regulations.


European Union

The EU takes a more stringent approach to food labeling, as outlined in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. The regulation requires clear, permanent marking of "best before" or "use by" dates directly on the food packaging, with limited exceptions. This direct approach aims to reduce the risk of label alteration and ensure consumer protection.

While the regulation does not explicitly state "no stickers," the requirement for permanency effectively mandates that the dates be applied in a manner that cannot be easily changed, such as direct printing or other permanent labeling methods. The aim is to ensure that consumers receive reliable information about the durability and safety of food products, thereby protecting consumer health and preventing misleading practices.


Australia and New Zealand

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) governs food labeling in these regions under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The emphasis is on clarity and permanency of labeling information, ensuring that dates and other critical information remain accessible and unaltered throughout the product's shelf life. Although the code does not explicitly mention the method of labeling, the principle of permanency suggests a preference for more durable solutions.



In Taiwan, the commitment to food safety is evident through the stringent regulations enforced by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA). The TFDA mandates that all necessary information, including production and expiration dates, must be directly and permanently accessible on food packaging. This directive serves a crucial role in minimizing the risk of label alteration or removal, directly addressing concerns over the potential for stickers to be changed or tampered with. This approach not only ensures the integrity of food information but also bolsters consumer confidence in the safety and quality of food products available in the Taiwanese market.


Food Labeling Solution - Handheld Inkjet Printers

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A handheld inkjet printer is a dynamic, portable device that has revolutionized the way businesses approach food labeling. Its primary function is to print essential information, such as production and expiration dates, directly onto food packaging. What sets this technology apart is its ability to adapt to various packaging materials and surfaces, providing a direct, permanent, and tamper-proof labeling solution.

Capabilities and Benefits

  1. Flexibility in Materials: These printers can apply ink to a broad array of packaging types and sizes, from glass gars, aluminum cans to flexible pouches, and even directly onto the product itself in some cases.
  2. Durability of Print: The ink used is designed to be permanent and resistant to water, oil, and other common substances that could cause smearing or fading.
  3. Compliance with Global Regulations: By ensuring that labeling cannot be easily altered or removed, handheld inkjet printers help manufacturers comply with the rigorous food safety standards set by different countries, including the permanency requirements highlighted by the EU and regions like Taiwan.
  4. Efficiency and Ease of Use: With intuitive interfaces and quick setup times, these printers allow for on-the-go changes to labeling information, making them ideal for operations of all sizes.
  5. Economical Solution: Reducing the need for pre-printed packaging and labels, handheld inkjet printers offer a cost-effective solution for maintaining compliance with labeling regulations.

As global food labeling regulations continue to evolve, the handheld inkjet printer stands out as a key tool for manufacturers aiming to ensure compliance while maintaining operational efficiency. This technology not only meets the stringent standards of permanency and clarity required by authorities but also offers the flexibility needed to adapt to the diverse needs of the global food industry.


Want to Get a Handheld Printer for Food Labeling? Contact Bentsai

Looking for a reliable and innovative food labeling solution? Look no further than Bentsai, a trailblazer in the development and production of thermal inkjet printing heads utilizing cutting-edge microfluidic MEMS technology. Backed by nearly two decades of experience and over 100 patents, Bentsai offers a range of user-friendly printers, from mini-size to wide-format options, ideal for any food packaging requirement. With print sizes from 12.7mm, 25.4mm to 100mm and innovative features like photoelectric print mode for automated labeling, Bentsai enhances efficiency and ensures seamless integration into your production line. Embrace the future of food labeling with Bentsai's reliable, state-of-the-art solutions.

Why Choose Bentsai for Your Food Labeling Needs?

  1. Innovative Technology: Harness the power of our thermal inkjet printing heads, developed with advanced microfluidic MEMS technology for precise labeling.
  2. Customized Solutions: Benefit from our comprehensive software and hardware development capabilities, ensuring solutions tailored to your specific requirements.
  3. Ease of Use: Our printers are designed for straightforward operation, ensuring quick adoption with minimal training.
  4. Versatility: With a wide range of printers and print sizes, we cater to all your food labeling needs. Whether it’s for printing dates on canned food or batch number on bread pouches, we handle it all.
  5. Efficiency Boost: Automate your food packaging labeling process with our printers, designed for easy integration into existing production lines.


Join the ranks of satisfied customers who have chosen Bentsai to elevate their food labeling process. Let's make a significant impact on the packaging industry together and drive your business towards unparalleled success. Contact Bentsai today to discover how we can support your food labeling requirements and help establish your brand as a leader in food safety and quality assurance.


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