Most common labelling errors

Food sector

Product labelling is a key step in the product manufacturing process, especially in the food and pharmaceutical sector.

Despite its importance, errors in labelling are frequent and lead to undesirable situations both with the end consumer and with the different suppliers or regulatory bodies.

What are the most common labelling errors?


This error is one of the most common errors in labelling, be it characters that are too small, characters that are too close together or blurred text, among others. In addition, errors in font style, font size and colour contrast can occur, making legibility difficult.

This is a typical printing quality error that can have a negative impact on consumers, especially when the brand is newly created and lacks market positioning. It can also lead to difficulties in terms of product evaluation by regulatory bodies.

On the other hand, the colour of the final labels may be different from the on-screen design, affecting the brand image and appearance of the products. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as an out-of-calibration printer or a label finish that alters the colour of the label.


These types of errors in product labelling often occur in companies that export their products to other countries. In addition, sometimes the names of products may change depending on the country of destination, or the ingredients according to the current regulations that apply to that product in that place.

Often, when a correct post-labelling control has not been carried out, the products arrive in their destination countries with an erroneous translation, which entails large penalties and tensions between supplier and client, as well as other additional costs such as the withdrawal of product batches.


In the labelling of foodstuffs, the name of the substance or product that causes intolerance or allergy must be highlighted by means of a different typographical composition from the rest of the list of ingredients so that they are easily detectable by people suffering from allergies or intolerances. Another common mistake in labelling is precisely this change in the typographical composition of allergens, which is sometimes not highlighted or is done in the wrong way.


Sometimes, due to a faulty configuration of the reel of the labelling machine, double labelling may occur, i.e. one label on top of another, duplicated or even different.

How can we avoid these labelling failures in our products?

INSPECTRA LABEL CHECKER is the configuration software for INSPECTRA label inspection programs. The software checks barcodes, alphanumeric strings, print colours or patterns using different technologies such as Deep OCR, Shape Matching or Colour Check among others.

  • ✔Different label inspection programs can be configured.
  • ✔Communicates INSPECTRA devices with the customer’s ERP to verify inspection results.
  • ✔Allows you to check the presence and position of the label, detecting faults such as double labelling.

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