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Date code handheld label guns are a great, effective option for compliance product date and traceability marking. As government legislation continues to increase crop traceability and retail food dating requirements, having an affordable, easy to use, uniform procedure during the product marking process has become paramount. More and more, inspectors want to see, at a minimum, a date code informing end consumers and retailers of when the food is to be sold or consumed by.
Date codes on food containers can be as simple as using a label gun or as complex as having a continuous ink jet printer installed on a conveyor. Having a date label gun is an ideal solution for smaller operations, or when portability is an issue. An example would be if cases need marked when out in the fields.
Consumers are getting more and more used to seeing some sort of date information on the majority of edible products they purchase. Your effort to mark a clearly visible label will not go unnoticed by the people you're really in business for; the end consumer. You know your industry better than anyone and, if you call us, you can explain the exact type of print you are looking for to best identify the code that you need. Our most popular choice is a labeler that will display the month, day, and year; MM/DD/YY. An example would be 07/22/13.
We have several options of pre-printed labels that help correspond the exact meaning of your date to the end consumer. Popular choices of labels for your date codes on food are BEST BY, USE BY, and SELL BY. In addition to preprinted labels, specialized adhesive and label material is available for most date label guns. These might be necessary for applications involving frozen foods, outdoor exposure to water and sunlight, and high temperature supply chain procedures.