Last week, Whole Foods Market was forced to put out an apologetic press release after discovering that it had accidentally distributed two salads whose labels had been mixed up during the packaging process.
Country-of-origin labeling was first mandated by Congress in 2002, expanded to include new products in 2008 and put into effect in 2009. However, the implementation process has been plagued by a number of different obstacles, including an international legal drama that could reach a climax later this month.
With an increasingly broad range of caffeinated products hitting store shelves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating whether more stringent labeling regulations may be necessary.
In what may be the largest forum on chemical regulation ever organized, the groups responsible for stewarding three international treaties that govern potentially toxic chemicals and hazardous waste are currently holding an unprecedented joint conference in Switzerland.
In the European Union (EU), manufacturers face strict labeling regulations that can make it complicated for small companies to break out of their local markets and start distributing items in other countries throughout the bloc.
The government of India is pushing new barcode labeling requirements for pharmaceutical products as part of an effort to create a nationwide track-and-trace system to weed out counterfeiting operations and bolster the country's reputation as a supplier of high-quality goods.
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently announced that it is implementing a new regulatory scheme, which will require products imported from certain areas of Israel to carry special labels alerting consumers of the items' origins.
It's been more than seven years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first began the long process of creating a regulation to define which food products can legally be labeled as "gluten-free."
Pallimed Solutions has initiated a recall of more than a dozen products, which were distributed in 15 states. However, the recall process has raised new questions about the company's practices.
With new drug pedigree requirements coming into effect in California during 2015, pharmaceutical companies are on the verge of a new phase, in which product serialization and real-time visibility are increasingly standard throughout the industry.
The U.S. Coast Guard's Inspection and Compliance Directorate recently issued a Marine Safety Alert notifying nautical professionals of the need to exercise caution when purchasing fire extinguishers, as numerous companies are believed to be distributing knockoff models with counterfeit labeling.
In an example that truly exemplifies the importance of being able to add the right data to the appropriate label, Northwood Manufacturing recently initiated a recall affecting multiple lines of its model year 2013 trailers.