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The company’s 4210 EP Food Label ensures fresh and frozen produce is security protected, while adhering to EU regulations – a unique & important offering to the grocery sector.

· Checkpoint Systems’ 4210 EP Food Label has received food and microwave safe certification from ISEGA and TUV Rheinland respectively.

· The label is the first solution available that is dual certified, it is also the industry’s smallest food specific label and has market leading security protection.

· The security labels can be applied at source or in-store, with shrinkage proven to decline.

· A new variant of the 4210 for use on frozen food is currently in its trial phase and has also been awarded double certification.


Checkpoint Systems, the leading global supplier of merchandise availability solutions to the retail industry, has today announced that its 4210 EP Food Label series has become the industry’s first dual certified food and microwave safe security label.

The certification from independent inspection and testing consultancy TUV Rheinland and ISEGA means consumers can safely microwave their purchases, while retailer’s products are protected against any contamination from the label’s adhesive.

The labels deliver market leading detection and is one of the smallest available. In addition, the 4210 ‘frozen label’ benefits from a unique adhesive that is designed to bond with frozen food and UV-coated Mylar packaging.

ISEGA certification protects against adhesive migration

Flavio Musci Director EAS Consumables EMEA for Checkpoint Systems commented: “When you look at a piece of meat wrapped in store, you assume the packaging is a barrier. However, at molecular level, it is not. It’s deliberately designed to let oxygen in and out to stop the meat from discolouring. Certain compounds in label adhesives can migrate through the packaging and breach current EU regulations on ‘articles intended to come into contact with food.”

After thorough testing, the ISEGA found that Checkpoint’s 4210 label ensures consumer safety, guaranteeing that potentially harmful chemicals do not come into contact with meat products. This provides an added level of protection for retailers.

TUV certification deems safe to defrost in a microwave

Extensive TUV testing revealed security labels from other manufacturers showed browning around the edges during microwaving and in some cases, caught fire during the process, making the product potentially unsafe for consumers. Checkpoint’s 4210 EP Food Label series passed all tests without incident.

Smaller, yet better protection from theft

The new label is easily integrated @Source, into price and scale labels across all packaging options, including plastic wrap or soaker pads.

Featuring enhanced RF-EAS performance, the 4210 label is perfect for grocery retailers that need to protect high risk meat or cheese products. The solution is designed to improve in-store efficiency, enabling retailers to increase on-shelf availability.

Flavio Musci continued: “Latest research[1] has shown that food products, including luxury meats, are increasingly being singled out by dishonest shoppers. Over the festive period retailers will see a host of products targeted. Tagging @Source will enable stores to reduce shrink through theft and maximise sales during the busy seasonal months.”

Another new member to the Food Label series is the 4215 label – also dual certified, which can be integrated into in-store fresh meat counter label printers. Trial results show a minimum 40% reduction in shrink on selected cut and wrapped meats at counters since introducing the integrated RF solution – potentially saving supermarkets hundreds of thousands of pounds annually.

Vendor/Retailer support

Speaking about Checkpoint’s @Source programme, Flavio Musci said: “As well as helping save on labour time and ensuring all products arrive secure and ready for sale, a dedicated account manager is allocated to carry out site surveys, staff training and manufacturer visits – a service we include in all our Tagging Programmes, facilitating integration.”

Checkpoint Systems can provide custom printing options for the food label, including brand logos and store messages on labels, alongside the trusted and recognised security protected symbol.