Labeling, Your First Line of Defense

The Law Offices of Joanne E. Mattiace has long advised its clients of the importance of having proper labels attached to their products. Indeed, we have long proclaimed that such labels are often a company’s “first line of defense.” Incorrect—or absent labels—can raise the suspicion of government inspectors and lead to intense scrutiny, including vigorous testing, of products. Suspension of sale then can occur, even costly recalls.

It is critical that companies view labeling issues early on and not wait until production is nearing an end to consider such. Further, prudent companies take the opportunity to use their label and point of sale materials as a way to better track their products and be better able to locate any problem units.

Put simply, prudent companies turn their label responsibilities as an opportunity to both communicate, and retrieve, important information.