Packaging laws are constantly changing. As a result, you must constantly check to make sure your printed product labels are up to date. Product Labeling Lawsuits against your company can cost a lot in terms of time, resources and money. Just because your labels were in compliance a couple of years ago does not mean those same labels are valid by today’s standards. The FDA is always updating its regulations so it is always a good idea that you work with a qualified professional product label manufacturer for your labels.
The importance of always keeping your product labels compliant cannot be overstated. If your product labels are not compliant to your industry’s standards, you may be subject to heavy fines and even lawsuits. Luckily, regulatory bodies typically announce their changes far in advance for you to have new product labels printed by your label manufacturer.
Product Labeling Lawsuits Examples
Here are just a few examples of how incorrect or out-of-date product labels came back to haunt the manufacturer.
Wal-Mart Sued for Misusing the term “Biodegradable”:
The Daily Republic has reported that Wal-Mart and one of its subsidiary companies is being sued for almost $1 million. The lawsuit revolves around the sale of plastic items. The products in question were labelled as biodegradable or compostable. However, in fact, these products are not. As part of the settlement, Wal-Mart was fined $50,000 to be paid to the state recycling agency of California. This is in addition to the main penalty payment. The fine was evoked to ensure the funding of future recyclable testing.
Kombucha Brand / Whole Foods:
BevNET reported a judgment was ruled against Whole Foods Market and GT’s Kombucha for falsely labeling their products. The lawsuit awarded the plaintiffs over $8 million. Information printed on their beverage labels were incorrect. In addition, their product made incorrect use of such terms as “non-alcoholic” and ”antioxidant”. The companies now must not only pay the fines but change their product labels going forward as well. As a results of this product labelling lawsuit, Whole Foods stopped carrying kombucha once it became clear the beverage’s alcohol content was more than advertised.
Work With A Reliable Product Label Manufacturer
The task of keeping your product labels current can be a burden. However, if your business works with an professional label manufacturer such as United Label, it will be easy to adapt to regulatory changes. Contact United Label today for a free price quote of product labels.