Pro Foodservice Reps (PFR) has added an allergen information option to the range of PuraCycle reusable labels it supplies.
The latest labels allow caterers to add the food name, prep date, use by date, frozen date and defrost date, but they can also tick off which of the main 14 allergens are in the contents of back of house containers and bottles.
Andy Piggin, MD of PFR, said food safety is now about much more than cross-contamination and sanitisation, with exposure to an allergen eating out potentially meaning the difference between life and death.
“Around one in 100 people suffer with coeliac disease, with one in 14 children under three having one or more food allergies. Caterers across the board must provide information on the 14 main allergens to the consumer for non-prepacked food or drink. They might underestimate the importance of this, but they can be fined steeply for not being transparent.
“As testament to this, according to the Navitas Group, more than eight in 10 people who look for allergy information expect restaurant kitchens to have up-to-date technology to minimise the risk posed by allergens, but also processes in place across their back of house operation.
“The beauty of our new allergen labels is that you can erase the text and ticks when you are done and they can go through the dishwasher, eliminating the need for the hundreds, if not thousands, of single-use labels caterers can get through in a year.”
Available from Nisbets in packs of 20, the new labels can help caterers keep on top of their obligations, and save them money, eliminate waste, meet health standards and go green, as well as not having to scrape containers of paper and glue residue.
Made from recyclable materials with a reusable whiteboard surface, their durability, even through industrial dishwashers, should help prevent the accumulation of paper and tape waste entering the waste system.
PuraCycle pens, which are non-toxic and odourless, are also available from Nisbets. They contain resistant ‘wash-erase’ ink that is said to stay legible even when exposed to either boiling or freezing water, steam or condensation. Once used, ink can be erased with friction before washing the container and reusing. Also within the Puracycle range are 100% bamboo biodegradable cloths.
Piggin added: “Peeling, picking, scratching or scrubbing ordinary labels can leave a nasty residue that builds up over time. Our PuraCycle labels are an award winning, sustainable, cost-effective solution for every aspect of foodservice.
“They are at least 10 times less expensive than dissolvable labels per use, having been engineered to sustain 500 dishwasher cycles. We believe outlets can start seeing savings in as little as 15 uses.”
PuraCycle can enable operators to customise their labels with company logos, corporate colours, specific text and sizing to suit their requirements.