Labels on Fruit, how does that work?

About food safety and labels

Fruit Labels

You probably see them every week in the supermarket, but there is more to it than you think. Stickers for vegetables or fruit. Especially the food safety story is important with this type of labels. Read more about labels on fruit in our latest blog article and what you need to think about.

"Lets compare apples and pears"

Fruit labels characterize themselves by their specific application on fruit and do not differ much from regular single-layer labels. Fruit labels are applied to different types of food products. Some examples of fruit that you have probably encountered in the supermarket are labels for: apples, pears, mangoes, bananas, melons, coconuts and much more. Besides that these labels are often used on fruit, they are of course also applicable to vegetables. Vegetable labels have the same requirements as fruit labels.


About Fruit Labels

The difference between these labels and regular stickers is in particular the food safety requirements. These legal requirements for fruit are mainly related to safety for the consumer. Fruit labels can differ in terms of application per type of fruit where the skin is or is not edible. For example, with apples compared to bananas. But also delicate fruit with a softer skin can be provided with a label. Often the label is stuck directly on the skin of the fruit. These labels are again printed with inks that, of course, are not allowed on the fruit. In addition, there is the adhesive of a label which is important for adhesion and safety. For example, a coconut has a harder skin than an apple or a soft peach, and the glue should of course not stay behind on the fruit as soon as someone removes the label.

A fruit label often contains the following parts:

  • Name of the brand
  • Logo + branding of the brand
  • Pictures)
  • Barcode (s)
  • Country of origin
  • Promotional information



Safety & Fruit stickers

The art of fruit labels is food safety and a well-known term here is Migration. Migration means that components of the label come on / in the product. This must be prevented as much as possible. Altrif Label therefore produces its fruit labels with low migration inks. This means that no toxic or harmful inks are used in the production. In addition, we do not apply an extra layer of varnish to the label because it may contain less safe substances. Finally, there is the material that is printed on. All materials we use for fruit labels comply with European regulations and are therefore suitable for application to food products (EU Claim No 1935/2004).

If you are curious about the specific legal requirements for your product, you can contact us for this. We like to help you.