While refrigerating or freezing vegetables and fruits for sale is partly a matter of convenience, since vegetables can usually last for a while, it's a must for most meats. Even those already preserved through other methods will last much longer when refrigerated. Meat labels, therefore, are among the most important products in the freezer label industry. Even those of us who divide larger packages for individual freezing, or acquire our own meat from hunting, need the right meat labels to track what's what in the deep freeze. Our specialty write on freezer labels are ideal for this purpose, and the price is always right.
In addition to the standard freezer label ability to hold together in the cold and moisture, meat labels have several requirements many labels do not. Most governments have specific rules about must be included on a meat label, especially nutritional information and the ingredients in the meat product. (Obviously this applies only to large manufacturers who use thousands of meat labels daily, not to individuals.) The ingredients may vary from something as simple as one line for a Christmas ham, to quite the paragraph for the refrigerator labels of bologna or frankfurters, where all the tasty leftovers go. Oh, and be careful when you purchase some refrigerated cheeses. What you think is a cheese label may really be a meat label if the label reads "head cheese." Just a word of caution there.
In addition to ingredients and nutritional content, if the meat label is for seafood, there may be warnings about allergies, and notations that the product comes from a sustainable fishery, if indeed it does. Check our seafood labels page for more information.
Speaking of seafood, shellfish—including shrimp and crabs—are forbidden by some religions. There may be historical or social reasons at the root of these dietary restrictions, but the fact that it's the word of God is sufficient for those who follow the rules. For this reason, some customers look for a Kosher or Hahal symbol on their meat labels, to make sure that the meat is acceptable under their dietary laws, and/or that the animals from which it came were slaughtered according to religious instructions. Many butchers work with rabbis or imams to ensure their meats are Kosher or Halal, respectively. Your meat labels should definitely indicate this if they are Halal or Kosher.
At Etiquette Systems, we're very familiar with meat labels and what needs to go on them. We'll be happy to work closely with you to make sure yours are perfect. Interested? Ask for a quote, and we'll get right back to you.