Freshness Sticker – what is it?

Freshness Sticker – what is it?

The Freshness Sticker maintains the product’s freshness in a natural way. It enables us to offer freshly tasting breads without using any artificial preservatives.

It is a small label affixed to the packaging which maintains the freshness of the products. The sticker does this by absorbing the oxygen inside the packaging to avoid food spoilage naturally as opposed to using artificial preservatives.

Good to know:

  • Oxygen is one of the main reasons for food spoilage. The Freshness Sticker absorbs the oxygen to retain the product’s freshness. The sticker contains natural, non-toxic raw materials. Read more
  • The Freshness Sticker enables natural food preservation without adding any preservatives. Without the Freshness Sticker the product would be spoiled sooner.
  • The Freshness Sticker has been developed specifically for food preservation, with the exception of absorbing oxygen within the packaging, it has no other impact on the food itself. The freshness sticker complies with EU and US FDA regulations. Read more
  • The Freshness Sticker is not dangerous. There is no negative impact on your health. Read more
  • The label is closed securely. There is a minimum low risk it could be damaged. Read more on a damaged or accidently eaten Freshness Sticker
  • There is no impact on the product if the Freshness Sticker is removed. The product can be frozen or stored in a warm environment. Read more about the usage

More insights about the Freshness Sticker

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What is inside the Freshness Sticker 
It contains powdered iron, a natural material which helps keep the product fresh. There are about 1.3 gram of iron-based mineral active powder packed in a laminated label. 

Is the Freshness Sticker absorbing the oxygen all the time? 
The absorption, hence the functioning of the Freshness Sticker, happens within the first 48-72 hours after sealing. Afterwards the product is packaged in an airtight atmosphere free from oxygen. Without the Freshness Sticker the product would be spoiled sooner.  

Do ingredients permeate the bread during the absorption? 
No, the powdered iron in the label does not come into contact with the bread; the structure of the label does not allow solid material to pass through it.

Impact of Freshness Sticker on the product and your health

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Is there a negative impact when the breads get in touch with the Freshness Sticker? 
No, there is no negative impact. 

Does a product containing the Freshness Sticker have a negative impact on my health? 
No. The Freshness Sticker is approved for use on food products sold in the European Union. The use is also approved by the U.S. FDA Registration. It is non-toxic and harmless if accidentally consumed. 

Does removing the Freshness Sticker from packaging have a negative effect on bread? 
The Freshness Sticker does not work once the packaging has been opened. Removing the Freshness Sticker after this time has neither a negative nor positive influence on the bread.

Does the product get dry due to the oxygen absorption? 
No, the product does not get dry due to the Freshness Sticker. By absorbing the oxygen the Freshness Sticker absorbs only a very minimum level of the humidity, around 0.2%. This does not have considerable effects on the bread. 

Does the product remain fresh for a longer time after opening the pack?    
The Freshness Sticker will only absorb oxygen in an airtight atmosphere. After opening the pack, the product behaves in the same way as any other packed product without preservatives. 

How to handle a destroyed or accidently eaten Freshness Sticker

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Does a product containing the Freshness Sticker have a negative impact on my health? 
No. The Freshness Sticker is approved for use with food product sold in the European Union. The use is also approved by the U.S. FDA Registration. It is non-toxic and harmless if accidentally consumed. 

What should I do in the very rare case that the Freshness Sticker appears damaged?
If you are not sure if the Freshness Sticker has been damaged, do not hesitate to contact the Schär care line. Please send an email, including a picture if possible, to contact_en@schaer.com and a member of our team will get in contact with you. Please do not consume the product as you might be asked to be return it to Schär headquarters in order to get a reimbursement.

What happens if the Freshness Sticker is accidently destroyed and the powdered iron is eaten?
The Fresh Patch is not a food and should not be consumed. The powdered iron from a Freshness Sticker is non-toxic and harmless if accidentally consumed. 

What happens if the Freshness Sticker falls into the possession of children? 
Please keep out of reach from children. A sharp or pointed object may destroy the Freshness Sticker. Your child is not at risk if they come into contact with the powdered iron or the Freshness Sticker itself. However, the glue which seals the sticker itself should not be consumed.  Please consult a doctor if you fear your child has consumed the Freshness Sticker. 

What happens if the Oxygen Absorber falls into the possession of pets? 
Please keep out of reach from pets. A sharp or pointed object may destroy the Freshness Sticker. Your pet is not at risk if they come into contact with the powdered iron or the Freshness Sticker itself. However, the glue which seals the sticker itself should not be consumed.  Please consult a vet if you fear your pet has consumed the Freshness Sticker. 

What if the Freshness Sticker is loose in the packaging? 
This does not have any negative impact on the product nor on the function of the Freshness Sticker itself. 
In this rare case dispose of the Freshness Sticker to avoid that it coming into contact with children or animals.

To dispose, reuse or freeze the Freshness Sticker

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How do I dispose the Freshness Sticker?
The Freshness Sticker can be disposed into normal domestic waste.  

Is it possible to reuse the Freshness Sticker?
No, once the packaging is open, the Freshness Sticker cannot be reused. 

Is it possible to freeze the pack with the Freshness Sticker?
Yes, product packed with the Freshness Sticker can be frozen. 

Do changing temperatures effect the Freshness Sticker and its function of absorbing oxygen? 
The effect of the Freshness Sticker is guaranteed at room temperature. As the absorbing, hence the functioning of the Freshness Sticker, happens within the first 48-72 hours after sealing, it is ensure in the supply chain that no major temperature changes happens within this time. Once the product appears in your local supermarket any changes in temperature will have no impact on the freshness sticker. However, we do advise you store your bread in a dry, cool area outside of direct sunlight and away from overly warm temperatures.