Inkjet Egg/Egg Carton Printers and Supplies

Here’s how you can stay compliant with egg carton regulations with the proper printer.
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Across different countries and cultures, eggs are a staple of regular diets. Used to make common breakfast dishes, baked goods, and entrées, eggs are lauded for their cost-effectiveness, versatility, and health benefits. According to expert statistics, American table egg production rose above 96.9 billion eggs in 2020 alone. 

Meanwhile, the European Union consistently produces around 6.7 million tons of eggs year after year. Beyond a shared product offering, American and European egg producers have another similarity—a need to mark their packages with various traceable codes. 

Regulatory bodies like the USDA, FDA, and European Union require that egg producers place various codes on their products to facilitate accurate tracking and reporting. Depending on the specific regulation, these markings can include barcodes, lot codes, expiration dates, production numbers, country codes, registration numbers, and more. With these codes in place, companies can effectively perform recalls in the event of contamination and avoid fines imposed by either governing bodies or supply chain partners. 

Of course, it’s impossible to apply these codes without an appropriate egg/ egg carton printer. Fortunately, InkJet, Inc. has a range of marking hardware that can keep your operation code-compliant.

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The Importance of Traceable Codes and Markings

Given the complexity of modern supply chains, reliable tracking information is a must—especially when it comes to the food industry. Food-borne illnesses, like salmonella, affect millions of people every year, and in certain cases, can lead to hospital stays and even death. 

While outbreaks will inevitably occur over time, government bodies work to protect the public by requiring food producers to create complete supply chain traceability. This traceability is developed through:

  • Machine-scannable barcodes

  • Lot codes

  • Expiration dates

  • Serial numbers 

  • Production method numbers (European Union-specific)

  • Country codes (European Union-specific)

  • Registration numbers (European Union-specific)

Through these markings, companies are able to:

  1. Source for where all of their products originated from, along with essential information like packaging dates and batch numbers.

  2. Account for where all of their products were sent to, including vendor details and locations.

  3. Pinpoint where all of their inventory is currently located.

With full traceability, egg producers and packaging operations can comply with government regulations, abide by supply chain standards, and boost consumer confidence. Of course, this is only possible with the right printing equipment.

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Find an Egg Carton Printer or Marking System That Fits Your Needs

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When the average consumer thinks about codes on egg products, their mind likely turns to foam, plastic, or pulp cartons. A familiar sight in nearly every grocery store and supermarket, cartons are largely the go-to packaging for egg products. However, those familiar with the egg production field know that coding can be required in other places as well. 

In addition to retail-ready cartons, egg producers and packers may also need to consider:

  • Tertiary Packaging Needs: For max efficiency, eggs are sent throughout the supply chain in large quantities. To move these products safely and accurately, companies often use sturdy cardboard boxes. For these shipments to arrive in the correct location, they must be labeled with accurate shipping information and content descriptions.

  • Individual Egg Coding: Throughout Europe and some other countries, directly printing codes onto eggs is a common practice. Expiration dates, country numbers, and production method numbers provide important information to consumers and ensure complete traceability. 

For all of these applications, InkJet, Inc. offers a range of hardware options, including:

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Use the Right Ink for the Job

Regardless of whether you’re using a continuous inkjet printer like the DuraCode Touchscreen or a thermal inkjet printer like the Anser X1, using application-appropriate ink is essential. Without the right ink, codes can come out incoherent and messy, leading to scannability issues and supply chain confusion. Thankfully, InkJet, Inc. offers a diverse ink portfolio with formulas that are compatible with a variety of substrates. 

Our options include:

  • Solvent-based/MEK inks, ideal for a wide range of substrates including paperboard, cardboard, foam, and plastic.

  • FDA-approved food-grade ink, perfect for direct egg placement.

  • Custom-built ink, designed to meet the needs of individual clients. Our ink development team has been creating formulas for over thirty years, and they have the expertise to produce inks that are perfect for specialty applications. 

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Improve Your Egg Operation Today

egg marked with traceable codes

With the help of InkJet, Inc, you can make your egg packaging operation more efficient than ever before. Whether you’re looking for a new egg carton printer, a tertiary packaging solution, or a system for direct-egg marking, InkJet, Inc. can help you find the best tools for the job. Call today to learn what we can do for you. 

For more information related to egg carton printers or direct-egg printing, contact InkJet, Inc. online or by phone at 1(800) 280-3245.

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