Videojet’s Colin Morgan told GlobalMeatNews that the firm has a range of coders for use at different points on the production line. He said there was more imputus on labelling systems following the horsegate scandal, in addition to past issues where meat has been re-labelled or labelled incorrectly. "The key point is traceability," said Morgan. "The issue with meat is that it has a short shelflife, so it’s important that manufacturers know the animal’s kill date." He said a lot of supermarkets in the UK were now applying labelling codes of practices to producers of private label goods, and fining companies if they are not followed. He said there was also more of a call for coders and coding systems that link together, so that companies can check the data is correct, and what was inputted on the code originally so relabelling can’t happen. Videojet launched its new print and apply labelling system - 9550 - at Interpack. "We have tested it and operators can change the ribbon in less than one minute," said Morgan. "It can also go twice as fast as anything that is on the market."