Food Allergens

A reminder of your labelling guidelines.

Allergen rules

Allergenic ingredients must be indicated in list of ingredients with clear reference to name of the substance or product as listed in Annex II of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No.1169/2011 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 78/2014 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. Annex II outlines the 14 allergens (and products thereof) that must be labelled or indicated as being present in foods and are:

  • Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats
  • Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk (including lactose)
  • Nuts; namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts
  • Celery (including celeriac)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, where added and at a level above 10mg/kg or 10mg/L in the finished product. This can be used as a preservative in dried fruit
  • Lupin, which includes lupin seeds and flour and can be found in types of bread, pastries and pasta
  • Molluscs like, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid.

For solutions to your food labelling contact us now and we will guide you through your labelling process.

What are BS5609 Labels?


The term “BS5609 labels” can sometimes be referenced as such when describing an extra durable label.

It is not an imperative requirement for your label to have BS5609 certification unless it is a printed self-adhesive label to be placed on a chemical drum and shipped by sea.

However, there are a variety of Labels used in wet or humid conditions which are often made with BS5609 compliant materials or BS5609 approved adhesive, some examples of these are boat labels, labels used in Garden Centres.  All the information is required to remain firmly attached to the product for identification /batch code purposes.

Gilly Print have excellent knowledge in supplying labels, materials and printers to suit almost any industry requirement.

The BS5609 Standard

BS5609 is a British Standard which relates to self-adhesive chemical labels which are exposed to the elements of sea waters, sun, salt and abrasion.  It is most often known as a requirement for “Marine Labels”.

BS5609 approved labels are required to be made from  a durable material, adhesive coated and use a high- performance suitable ink which will remain legible in extreme seaBS5609 labelling and salt water conditions.

The main 2 sections of the BS5609 standard are;

Section 2 – Label Performance

Section 3 – Print Performance

There are strict regulations which exist according to the IMDG code for labelling on Dangerous Chemicals transported by sea.

Due to the Maritime Dangerous goods code (January 2014) BS5609 certification is required for self-adhesive Labels used on goods transported by sea which can have a hazardous effect on the Health ie toxic or irritants, environment, and also physical hazards such as explosive or flammable.

The correct storage and labelling procedures must to be adhered to in order to ensure safety during transportation.  It is vital to protect the crew and other human life and avoid polluting the sea waters. 3 months sea immersion testing is required so that if the drum washed up ashore it still has all the critical Safety Data and GHS Pictogram(s) firmly attached and legible and therefore can be dealt with accordingly if found .

GHS is a Globally Harmonised System which is for hazard labelling.  The GHS was formed in order to have a globally recognised format of identifying chemicals or substances in a clear and concise way by using the correct labelling and an understanding of the need to follow the Data sheet/Advice.

GHS guidelines should be followed regarding the information required on the GHS Label and the size and style of the label.

There are 9 GHS Pictograms which are diamond shaped with a red border.   The Pictograms can be used for labelling of hazards on chemicals /substances.

To summarise, due to the IMDG code and the GHS legislation, when shipping goods which can pose a hazard to human or aquatic life then it is a requirement for the organiser to ensure that the labels have been fully tested to BS5609 standards. That standard is then also used a good benchmark for other types of labelling where durability of label and print in certain conditions is required.

Coloured Labels and Window Stickers

Gilly Print has a wonderful new printer and we are now able to offer a wide range of smaller runs of labels and window stickers. Window stickers are a great way to promote your business or show your support for local clubs and charities.  For expert advice on all your label requirements contact Gilly Print now on 01590 718002.

Self Cling Labels

Self-Cling Labels


Self-Cling Labels – If you are looking for a good way of promoting your products and services have you ever thought about Self Cling Labels.  These plastic labels can stick to car windscreens and all glass surfaces.  Cleverly designed they can be printed with your own text and logos.  Take a look at our self-cling labels page in the drop down menu.  For further details contact us on 01590 718002.

Cosmetic Labels

Many people are now producing handmade cosmetic products. The cottage industry in cosmetic products which include essential oils, bath bombs, lip balms etc has expanded hugely over the last few years.  If you want to package your hand crafted cosmetic products with a professional label Gilly Print can guide you through the process and offer friendly and expert advice.

Food Product Labels – Think Ahead!

Think ahead with your food product labels.  When summer is gone it’s all hands down for the warm up to Christmas, yes Christmas. Don’t delay start getting your labels sorted.  Try updating with new designs and logo’s. Avoid long delays and get busy now.  If you need help or advice don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Gilly Print team now.