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In Australia, packaged foods with a shelf life of less than two years must have a shelf life or expiry date on the primary packaging (retail packaging), and although those with a shelf life of more than two years do not need a date code, Woolies generally requires one. Detailed information on date coding requirements is available on the Food Standards ANZ website. It`s best to inform your scan, print, and/or scaling labeling partners early in the process if you switch to 2DBarcodes. This will help you avoid complications that can arise with your product labels, in-store and later. Woolworths has strict labelling requirements for retail sale and outer packaging of the product. Here`s an overview of some basics: The finished product ID should be a product date and/or batch code – lot codes help track products in the supply chain – and should be legible and indelible. The coding of the expiry date and the use-by date must meet the regulatory requirements of the country of sale. Here`s a good guide to technology solutions that will help you meet date marking and batch coding requirements. I have just returned from a WW Hygiene & PPC audit, one of the non-conformities is a date marking and coding procedure, the clause states: « All product markings and codes must comply with Woolworths policy, finished product specifications as well as relevant legislation. » This time, we will look at a summary of the coding and labelling requirements. You may feel overwhelmed, but choosing a coding and labeling solution may be less complicated than you think.

The technology you choose depends on the packaging material (or substrate) you are working with and your unique manufacturing environment. Contact us to find the most suitable technology for your business. We have a full range of labeling solutions to ensure you meet the WQA standard. Australian rice manufacturer SunRice wanted to develop a solution that would effectively mark and label its bulk pallets and bags with SSCC labels, while ensuring the quality and accuracy of all codes applied to its products. Our Matthews solution involved installing label printer applicators on palletizing systems – these machines can efficiently print and apply industry-approved SSCC labels. In addition, we have implemented the iDSnet package code management system, which acts as a central point of control to reduce coding and labeling errors. Learn how SunRice benefits from improved efficiency and accuracy. In Part 1, we reviewed a summary of traceability, quality processes, and control requirements – including checkweighing and inspection – described in WQA Version 8 for manufactured foods. Agree with Charles, the Woolworths standard is very specific in terms of product labeling and date coding, read the relevant section and make sure your systems are compliant, and document what you do to make sure you need to code your pallets? SSCC labels are required for all pallets and units used as logistics units – the SSCC label playing a crucial role in identifying each pallet or carton and its contents. Here`s everything you need to know about pallet label requirements when using SSCCs.

Woolies` requirements aren`t exactly unique: they reflect industry best practice (actually, globally) – which, if you`re a food manufacturer in Australia, you should already be doing to secure the future of your business. Another important point is that suppliers must be able to demonstrate their regulatory compliance at all times. This means that you should carry out regular packaging and labelling checks (at least once a year) and then register them. 25 Hardware and Software Suppliers Woolworths does not support a specific device manufacturer, but if you need information about hardware and software vendors that can support all GS1 requirements, copy and paste the following link into your web browser: 25 of 35 1 Woolworths PALLET LABEL Specification May 2015 Version: V6 Authors: Vendor Capability Logistics Division Woolworths Limited No Reproduction, Disclosure or Other Use Without Woolworths Limited 1 of 35 transport pallets to retailers: You already use barcodes for your products, now you need to transport pallets of products to the supermarket. Use an SSCC to identify each pallet. When the shipment arrives at the distribution centre, the CCSS is compared to the shipping notification so that the retailer can update its systems. As a supplier, you must develop, document and implement procedures to ensure that your product is packaged in the correct and up-to-date packaging (retail packaging and carrier).